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Public Art at Minoru Centre for Active Living
7191 Granville Avenue
On September 21, 2020, the new state-of-the-art aquatic centre at Minoru Centre for Active Living opened to the public. The facility features a 650 square metre leisure pool where visitors can interact with “Errant Rain Cloud”, the latest public art work to be unveiled as part of Richmond’s public art civic program. The work by artists Germaine Koh and Gordon Hicks can be found suspended from the ceiling in the natatorium. The sculptural cloud has mechanisms within it that whimsically reproduce the atmospheric water cycle. Once or twice a day (depending on the amount of activity in the pool) a brief and gentle shower falls from the cloud into the leisure pool. The natural water cycle is powered by the sun, while the interior “climate” is driven by the interaction of humans and the building’s environmental systems: humidity is produced as visitors splash in the heated water. “Errant Rain Cloud” chills this moist air to produce water, much like the building’s dehumidification systems — and like clouds found in the sky. For more information about other public artworks at Minoru Centre, visit:www.minorucentre.ca/public-art
A mid-way point: the present is an infinite moment
Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue
As part of this year’s Engaging Artists in Community Program, local artists Dawn Lo and April dela Noche Milne completed a 80' x 20' ft. community-engaged mural project. Through a series of participatory artist-led workshops, including zine-making and handmade artistic postcards, community members expressed what was important to them in making the Thompson Community Centre and surrounding neighbourhood their home and a place where they want be. “A mid-point: the present is an infinite moment”, depicts the community centre's ever-bustling nature. A safe place for connection where individuals from a diversity of cultures and backgrounds can come together to form long-lasting friendships, while engaging in their favourite activities and programs.
Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate
Laara Cerman’s series of digitally printed mixed-media works installed on the rotunda floor of the Richmond Cultural Centre invites viewers to imagine what might lie beneath, perhaps in an era far into the future, in the past, or maybe even what’s currently beneath your feet. This hyper-real scene is created from digital scans of various composited, magnified elements found in the forests of coastal British Columbia, and gives us the impression of the forest trying to break through. A variety of wildflowers can be found in the artwork.
Video: Sea to Sky by Thomas Cannell and Franz Mayer of Munich
Video link: https://youtu.be/fmIPkWxV4vg
Learn about the creation of a new public artwork with this interview with Musqueam artist Thomas Cannell and Michael Mayer of Franz Mayer of Munich as they speak to the conceptualization and fabrication of Sea to Sky, a five-storey-high glass artwork to be integrated into the façade of the Paramount development in Richmond's city centre (No. 3 Road and Granville Avenue).
Cycling Art Tour
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our community is finding unique ways to come together while apart, connecting through the arts and expressing their support for front line workers. Everywhere residents go they will find artful hearts and rainbows in the windows of Richmond homes and businesses.
The Cycling Art Tour has been created for residents of all ages to get outdoors and celebrate community art and Richmond Public Art in a safe way. The artworks comprising the tour underscore the power and resilience of community, connection, togetherness, home and place. All the artworks are accessible to the public regardless of facility closure status. Take the tour alone or together with your household or small pod.
Public Art Bike Tour Map
Art Tour Challenge: How many hearts can you find in the windows of homes and businesses created to show support for front line workers? Share your favourites online and tag #RichmondHasHeart.
Art Wrap Program Update
New Traffic Art Wrap Artworks!
Public Art, Transportation and Fire Services are pleased to bring some colour to Richmond's streets with the recent installation of six art wraps on Traffic utility boxes.
Fire Hall No. 1
Gilbert Road and Granville Ave
Andrew Briggs has commemorated the history of Fire Services in Richmond and Fire Hall No. 1 using archival photos and has interpreted Richmond's heritage into modern pop artworks.
No. 2 Road and Moncton St.
Laara Cerman's intricate wave patterns of native plant species indigenous to Garry Point Park and the Steveston area. The photograph of Canada Goldenrod and Reed Canary grasses reference both the environments of land and sea.
Steveston Highway and Mortfield Rd.
Richmond photographer, Nora Montiel complements the Buddhist Temple in her response to the site on Steveston Highway. The artwork allows those passing by a glimpse behind the walls and into the inner sanctuary of the temple.
Lansdowne Canada Line Station
Growing up on the Canadian Prairies, a descendant of Mennonites, Emily Neufeld’s interest lies in the relationships between the environment and the people who inhabit it. Over the last two years Neufeld has visited and photographed a dozen of these empty houses, where the work takes on a performative aspect. Once in the structures, she considers the history of the inhabitants, the building with its contents, and performs interventions – creating sculptures from the various materials found within the homes and yards.
Self portrait with mended flesh
Manuel Axel Strain
Aberdeen Canada Line Station
Self portrait with mended flesh by two-spirit artist Manuel Axel Strain is a diptych depicting the artist’s connection to their Grandmother. The work is born out of the artist’s internalized struggle to accept their own identity. Wrapped in their grandmother’s scarf, the artist’s arms metaphorically carry a spiritual connection and kinship to their ancestors. With such gestures of guidance and care by the older generation, the artist reflects on the traumatic times of their life, expressed in terms of vulnerability and resilience in reference to current and historical forms of colonial violence.