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Coquitlam Themes Celebrated in Evergreen Station Public Art

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 24, 2016 – Visitors to Coquitlam’s four new rapid transit stations will be treated to striking new works of art celebrating different aspects of the community.

Nature, cultural diversity, transportation and local history are among the themes explored by public art installed at the Burquitlam, Coquitlam Central, Lincoln, and Lafarge Lake-Douglas stations of the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension, expected to open before Christmas 2016.

An Evergreen Line Public Art Task Force was formed by the City in 2014 to undertake a public art selection process that attracted 57 submissions from around the world. Seven B.C. artists were selected to create 11 works of art using a variety of art mediums including granite, concrete, pine beetle wood, glass, tile, and recycled metal.

Funding for public art is built into the Evergreen Line Project budget and is a commitment under the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate. The Evergreen Line Project team has worked closely with the City of Coquitlam to incorporate public art into Evergreen stations and plazas. 

The new artworks will increase the City’s public art inventory to a total of 36 pieces, which includes the recent addition of 12 handpainted salmon sculptures around the community as a legacy project for Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary.

The Evergreen Extension public art pieces will be formally introduced to the community at a celebration to take place prior to the official opening of the Evergreen Extension. The stations and artworks are as follows:

Burquitlam Station: 

  • “They Travelled These Roads,” by Mia Weinberg of Vancouver, is a granite piece incorporating the circle of a saw blade, representing Fraser Mills, engraved with images depicting the area’s transportation history.
  • “Burquitlam: Between and Beyond,” by Brent Bukowski of Kaslo, uses recycled materials to represent a community that has been transformed and to celebrate sustainable transportation.

Coquitlam Central Station:

  • “Unity Tree,” by Paul Reimer of Cranbrook, was inspired by Western Red Cedars and was hand-forged using recycled SkyTrain tracks. The piece represents the area’s cultural diversity. 

Lincoln Station:

  • “Branching Out,” by Bruce Walther and YarOn Stern of Vancouver, is a glass mosaic inspired by the tree symbol used by landscape architects. 
  • “Pillow Station,” by Paul Slipper and Mary Ann Liu of Vancouver, is a granite piece that plays on the contrast between the softness of pillows and the hardness of stone, while celebrating Coquitlam’s multicultural community.  

Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station: 

  • “TransLake,” by Trent Hutton of Bowen Island, is a concrete piece that uses frog imagery to celebrate the transformation of a quarry into Lafarge Lake.
  • “Monohedral Tessellation,” by Dean Cloutier and Jarami Reid of Vancouver, is a sculptural mosaic using pieces of B.C. pine beetle wood with engraved images representing local landmarks, people and community traditions.  

View a Flickr photo album of the public art: https://flic.kr/s/aHskFBK4SP 

Artists Bruce Walther and YarOn Stern also designed the tile mosaic station identifiers at the entrances of all four Coquitlam stations.

For more information about the project or artwork, visit the Public Art webpage.


Media contact:
Karen Basi
Cultural Services Manager
City of Coquitlam