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Community celebrates revitalization of Frank Hurt Park and public art unveiling

frank hurt park and eagle calling art

September 22, 2014

Surrey, BC –Members of the community joined Councillor Judy Villeneuve on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the revitalization of Newton’s Frank Hurt Park and unveil public art, Eagle Calling, by local artist, Robert Davidson.

“I would like to thank Cynthia and Wayne Allaire-Bell and other members of the Newton community for being avid stewards of Frank Hurt Park, and for working with the city to make these improvements a reality,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “The beautiful revitalization of the park is a testament to the power of community and what can be achieved when we work together.” Upgrades to the park include a playground, community picnic area and improvements to entrances.

Eagle Calling artist Robert Davidson is renowned as a painter, printmaker, jewellery maker, and sculptor and has been at the forefront of the creation of contemporary North-west Coast art for fifty years. Eagle Calling is a continuation of his exploration and abstraction of traditional Haida forms. It combines the traditional visual iconography of Haida art with a contemporary aesthetic that is elegant in its graceful contours and distinctive in its bold use of colour.

“Robert Davidson is one of Canada’s most important visual artists,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of the Cultural Development Advisory Committee and the Public Art Advisory Committee. “It is a great privilege to add Eagle Calling to Surrey’s public art collection. This work is a legacy for the community, both for residents today, and for future generations of Surrey citizens.”

For more information on City parks visit www.surrey.ca/parks or for public art visit www.surrey.ca/publicart

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For park information:
Ted Uhich
Manager, Parks Planning
City of Surrey
(604) 598-5706
www.surrey.ca/parks

For art information:
Sheila McKinnon
Manager, Arts Services
(604) 501-5127
www.surrey.ca/publicart

For interview requests:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
(604) 591-4519