A new public artwork that celebrates community and nature will be installed at the West Vancouver Community Center next year.
The artwork, titled “Small Worlds”, is designed to complement the installation’s vibrant outdoor space and encourage community interaction.
Upgrade the West Van donated $ 100,000 to the District of West Vancouver to develop a public artwork for the center, at 2121 Marine Dr., in May 2019, with a vision for an engaging installation “that welcomes and includes community, users and visitors ”and“ reflects the essence of the community in its connection with nature, the outdoors, balanced living and family ties ”.
To bring the idea to life, the district commissioned North Shore artist Brent Comber, who works with locally sourced materials to create sculpted objects, functional pieces and designed environments. His “aesthetic interpretation of the coast” has been admired on the world stage during shows in Paris, London, Japan and Bora Bora.
But, more locally, residents may have sat at some of his artwork – with his seven ‘drum’ sculptures, made from reclaimed western red cedar, used as seats inside the community center. .
His latest public artwork for the neighborhood, which is still being completed, consists of two pieces of western red cedar trunks – which almost look like spider legs – collected at Horseshoe Bay and Deep Cove, whom he named “mum” and “baby”.
The pieces are 15 feet high with a 10 foot base and nine feet high with a nine foot base. The intention is to place the pieces close to each other on the grass in front of the senior activity center, in front of the fountain on the south side of the community center.
“The work of art is intended to be natural, playful and interactive, allowing children to play in and around the ‘legs’ of the rooms,” said a report prepared for the council.
The Council approved the permanent public artwork at the general meeting on December 14.
Speaking at the meeting, the counselor. Sharon Thompson said she was proud to see more of the local artist’s work being installed in the neighborhood.
“I’m really excited to see this work and I think the community will appreciate it,” said Thompson.
Mayor Mary-Ann Booth agreed, saying she couldn’t wait to see the artwork in real life.
“The pictures are amazing and I think the kids will love it too,” she said, adding that it would fit well in the chosen space.
“Thank you to the Public Art Committee for working with Enhance West Van and bringing more public art to our community. “
The donation is intended to cover all costs related to the commissioning and installation of the project.
The public artwork is expected to be completed and installed by May or June 2021.
Elisia Seeber is the Indigenous and Civic Affairs reporter for the North Shore News. This rhythm of reporting is made possible by the Local journalism initiative.