The decades-long economic decline of Vancouver's downtown east side has produced derelict real estate and throngs of disposessed individuals crowding the streets. Hundreds of millions of dollars poured into this postal code have made a difference without significantly augmented the situation. Amenities for people on the street stand out either as social services and other forms of disciplinary organization reflected in regular line-ups for food and shelter, or acts of disorganized commerce and uncontrolled drug-marketing.
Rock Park offers a neutral space using an abandoned storefront in this district. The doors and windows are removed, the floor-to-wall joints coved, and the lower half of the space coated with industrial enamel, making a single large seamless room. Flush ceiling fixtures allow continuous daylight illumination. In the centre of the room rests a large boulder of several tons. The space is accessible for any use 24 hours a day; once a day an individual washes down and cleans the space.