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Coquitlam Salmon Sculpture Project Receives Financial Boost

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, March 24, 2016 – Coquitlam has received a financial boost from the private sector in support of plans to install 12 hand-decorated salmon sculptures around the city this year.  

Real estate developer The Onni Group has stepped forward as the first sponsor of the public art project, intended to be a legacy of the city’s 125th anniversary. A dozen fibreglass sculptures, standing 6’ high, 5’6” deep and 1’6” wide prior to mounting, will be decorated to reflect Coquitlam’s past, present or future. The finished sculptures will be unveiled in July and installed later this year in prominent locations around the city. 

The Onni Group’s $5,000 donation secured the City Hall site. Other locations available for sponsorship include Town Centre Park, Coquitlam Public Library, the Coquitlam Crunch and a number of popular city parks.

The project’s success hinges on sponsorship by businesses and local organizations, and those who sign on early will have the greatest choice in locations. Sponsors will be recognized through plaques at the sculpture sites, online and print publicity, and signage at the unveiling ceremony at the Kaleidoscope arts festival, a signature Coquitlam 125 event on July 23 and 24.

The artistic component of the project kicked off several months ago. The fibreglass sculptures are being fabricated by award-winning Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield and will be decorated from April to early July by artists selected through a competitive tender process.

The decorated salmon sculptures are expected to be a major draw for locals and visitors alike, based on the high-traffic locations and the response to similar iconic sculpture projects elsewhere in Canada.

Coquitlam chose a salmon theme for its project to reflect the origins of the city’s name – the Kwikwetlem term for “small red salmon” – as well as successful efforts by the Kwikwetlem people and stakeholder groups to reintroduce sockeye to the Coquitlam River after they disappeared following the construction of a dam in the early 1900s. 

Businesses and organizations can find project and sponsorship information at www.coquitlam125.ca/salmon

Details about all Coquitlam 125 sponsorship opportunities are posted at www.coquitlam125.ca/corporatepartner.

About Onni

The Onni Group is one of North America’s leading private real estate developers, with extensive experience designing, developing, building and managing innovative projects. As a fully integrated company that directly oversees every step in the development process, Onni has built over 6,000 homes in the past decade. In addition, the company owns and manages 6.5 million square feet of commercial property and over 4,600 rental apartment units. With offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Mexico, Onni continues to expand and diversify into new markets throughout North America. More information is available at www.onni.com.

About Coquitlam 125

Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.
When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill – the future Fraser Mills – under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.

The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision – Stories told, stories to be created – as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca

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Media contact:
Kerri Lore
Community Partnerships & Policy Manager
Parks, Recreation and Culture
City of Coquitlam