A Great Blue Heron has landed in Hamilton
05 June 2019
The Great Blue Heron, a public artwork by artists Donald Gunn and Bryn Finer has been installed in Richmond’s Hamilton neighbourhood at McLean Park.
The heron is an enduring symbol for the city of Richmond and reflects the rich, natural heritage of the Fraser River delta. As a native species of this region, its continued presence relies on clean rivers, places where it can hunt undisturbed, plentiful food sources and safe places to nest. This artwork aims to remind us of how we can all do our part to protect the environment for future generations to enjoy.
The artists worked with community members of all ages at the Hamilton Community Centre and Hamilton Elementary School in a series of workshops and engagement sessions to inform the creative process and to raise awareness of the region’s native wildlife. Project costs were co-funded equally by the Hamilton Community Association and the City of Richmond’s developer-funded Public Art Program Reserve Fund.
Join Donald Gunn, Bryn Finer and community in welcoming The Great Blue Heron as part of the festivities for Hamilton Night Out, one of Hamilton Community Centre's biggest events of the year where families can come together for an evening of carnival games, activities and food. Hamilton Night Out takes place on Friday, June 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at McLean Neighbourhood Park, 22500 McLean Avenue.
The evening will finish off with a movie in the park. Bring your loved ones, lawn chairs and picnic items, and enjoy the fresh air while being entertained.
Donald Gunn is a designer and illustrator based on Salt Spring Island. As an exhibit designer with a background in architecture, he has completed work for the Rainforest Interpretive Centre / Long Beach Model Forest Society, Tofino, BC; Visitor Centre, Queen Charlotte City; Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve Interpretive Kiosk; Forest Research Station, Lake Cowichan Vancouver Island; and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.
Bryn Finer is the owner of Bryn Finer Studios based on Salt Spring Island. He has been fabricating props and scenic sculpture for theatre, dance, opera and film productions since 1974. His previous work with F&D Scene Changes Ltd includes sculptural elements for the sets of Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, Sunset Boulevard and Seussical, the Musical.