Public Art News & Events
Public art is an exciting and expanding endeavour in Surrey which identifies sites, creates tourist destinations, interprets community history and diversity, inspires thought, and adds artistic vision to a place.
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Drums, Deer, and More Public Art Unveilings
May and June have been seen a number of new public artworks unveiled in the City of Surrey:
- Four Seasons (unveiled May 31, 2016) are four 30" buffalo hide drums made by Brandon Gabriel and Melinda Bige that tell the story of the four seasons according to the traditions of the Kwantlen First Nation. Installed at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre.
- Circulation (unveiled June 11, 2016) is a bold, two-part scupture by Pierre Sasseville and Jean-François Cooke featuring an oversized bronze fawn and six life-sized chrome deer representing the dual purpose of the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre where they are situated: family-oriented recreation and professional competition.
- Water Guardians (unveiled June 25, 2016) is a playful red sculpture by Susan Point that celebrates the importance of water to our lives and to the environment. It resembles the shape of a water lily as well as an umbrella. Decorating the canopy are frogs and tadpoles done in Coast Salish iconography. Installed at Hazelgrove Park.
- Sign of Signs (unveiling to come) is a wind-driven kinetic sculpture by Alan Storey. This billboard-style artwork features rotating imagery showing Surrey's changing landscape over the years. Installed on the warehouse wall of the City of Surrey's Operations Centre, it mimics the shape and proportions of the Operation Centre's distinct architectural form.
Installation of Fern Facade Underway at Newton Recreation Centre
Sean Alward’s frit pattern artwork for the glazing of the expanded Newton Recreation Centre will be completed in spring of 2017.
Alward’s interpretation of “Weaving Communities Together” was inspired by a visit to the grove of mature trees beside the recreation centre. His design uses a fern frond with a leaflet captured in each pane of glass. The film strip reference of the design, with its cropped images arranged in successive frames, acknowledges the paradox of representing both continuity and flux within the community. The ferns are resilient plants in Newton, a place which has been urbanized yet is still home for these ancient living species.
Sean Alward has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. Since 2002, he has exhibited in solo and group shows at numerous galleries across the Lower Mainland.
Blanket Proposal for West Village Park & District Energy Plant
Artist-in-residence Erica Stocking has completed the community consultation phase of this project and has now proposed a permanent public artwork of four blanket-shaped sculptures to be installed on the four stacks on the roof of the Energy Plant. They will be made of fibreglass or metal and appear in different configurations: wrapped, draped, folded, and tossed.
This artwork responds to the service and intention of the Energy Plant: to provide energy and warmth to the City Centre neighbourhood. In this way, the sculpture is also a creative and contemporary symbol of a “hearth” that extends from the home to the entire community. The artist writes: “Blanket evokes a sense of warmth without using fire. Perhaps a contemporary hearth does not involve fire at all, but is the sharing of space. In a simple way, this artwork translates the piping of the building as a carrier of warmth in a materially and visually tangible form.”
Erica Stocking is a multimedia artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She has exhibited art since she graduated in 2004. In 2009, Erica completed the public artwork Yellow Fence at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby and, in the same year, was awarded Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for Emerging Public Artist. In 2012, she completed Geyser for Hillcrest Park, a permanent public artwork made for the City of Vancouver in collaboration with Vanessa Kwan, facility staff, parks board, and various engineers.