Richmond’s No. 3 Road Art Columns share messages of hope, resilience and strength
15 March 2021
Be sure to check out the new No. 3 Road Art Columns six-month exhibition presented in the large, backlit display cases at the base of concrete columns located at the Aberdeen and Lansdowne Canada Line stations.
This year’s first exhibition, which runs March 12 to August 14, showcases the work of Richmond artists Glen Anderson, Fanny Bok Yin Tang and Keely O’Brien who have created work in response to the theme of Hope, Resilience and Strength. This exhibition is part of the #RichmondHasHeart campaign, an initiative that aims to bring the community, residents and businesses together to show their support for those working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and to explore new and meaningful ways to find connection while maintaining physical distancing protocols.
The semi-annual art column exhibitions are also part of the City’s commitment to enhance the No. 3 Road streetscape, in partnership with InTransit BC. Part Two of the #RichmondHasHeart exhibition will run from August 15, 2021 to January 31, 2022.
For more information about this project, visit www.richmond.ca/culture/publicart/whatsnew/no3rdartcolumns.
About the Artists and Artwork
Keely O’Brien is a visual artist and past Branscombe House Artist-In-Residence (2018). Dearest is a series of postcards that celebrates the kindness, interconnection and care that community members expressed for one another during a recent snail mail-based interactive art project in Richmond. Each message is both a record of an intimate correspondence between participants and a public wish extended to all passersby.
Fanny Bok Yin Tang is a Richmond-based painter. Her series of flower paintings captures life’s journey, surrounded by the earth’s ethereal beauty and glory, and within a world that is undeniably separate from the one in which we are currently living. Isolation and uncertainty are present during the pandemic but we can still hope to grow strong and beautiful. Where flowers bloom, so does hope.
Glen Anderson is a long-time Richmond resident and artist based in Richmond’s Finn Slough heritage area. The Old Normal—a storyboard for simple pleasures is a photography-based panorama depicting a dark and mysterious place that seems to be lost in time. Our current crisis is uniquely challenging for children, but as each generation navigates the compounding threats of its era, we can look to them to model resilience and adaptation: by enthusiastically getting outside.