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Sep 21, 2017 Return to Headlines

Spot the Salmon in Coquitlam to Win Prizes

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, September ​21, 2017 – You may have noticed them around Coquitlam in the past year: eye-catching salmon sculptures covered in colourful artwork and standing more than six feet high.

Coquitlam is inviting residents to track down all 12 salmon sculptures during Culture Days weekend Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 for a chance to win the Grand Prize, which includes a $100 gift card to Coquitlam Centre, $100 art pack from Opus Art Supplies and four all-day Compass ride passes. Those who visit and correctly answer the questions for six of the salmon locations will have a chance to win a Second Prize, including a $50 Coquitlam Centre gift card, $50 art pack and two Compass ride passes. Participants should also be on the lookout for pop-up prizes at random locations.

Anyone age 16 and up can enter the City’s Spot the Salmon Scavenger Hunt for free (teams are welcome and children can participate with older family members) at Entrants will receive the scavenger hunt questions by email starting on Sept. 29 at 9 a.m., and will have until Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. to email or postmark their completed entry.

The sculptures were installed in prominent public spaces throughout Coquitlam as a legacy public art project celebrating the City’s 125th anniversary in 2016. The fibreglass sculptures were created by Coast Salish artist Jody Broomfield and then handpainted by artists in themes honouring Coquitlam’s past, present and future last year. Each of the 12 sculpture was also sponsored by a local business or organization who contributed $5,000 each to the project.

Highlighting this new addition to Coquitlam’s public art collection, the scavenger hunt is one of 10 free hands-on and interactive Culture Days activities taking place around the city from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.  Details about the scavenger hunt and other Culture Days activities are posted at

The salmon sculptures can be found at the following locations:

  • Blue Mountain Park (King Albert Avenue and Porter Street): artist Dennis Creighton, sponsor Austin Heights Business Improvement Association.
  • City Hall (Pinetree Way and Burlington Drive): artist Shohre Shirazi, sponsor The Onni Group.
  • Como Lake Park (Gatensbury Street): artist Flavia Chan, sponsor Dr. Sean Kelly, Como Lake Village Dental Centre (and individual contributors: Lisa B. & Erik K.
  • Coquitlam Crunch (Lansdowne Drive): artist Jenna Mortemore, sponsor Ageless Radiance MedSpa.
  • Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch (Poirier Street): artist Iman Baradaran Hashemi, sponsor Pasta Polo and RE/MAX agent Bill Laidler (co-sponsors
  • Cottonwood Park (Foster Avenue and Aspen Street): artist Elham Sarvi, sponsor Marcon.
  • Lafarge Lake (Pinetree Way): artist Maria Centola, sponsor Square Nine Developments.
  • Mackin Park (one of two at Lougheed Highway and King Edward Street): artist Wilfrido Limvalencia, sponsor Allard Contractors.
  • Mackin Park (one of two at Lougheed Highway and King Edward Street): artist Jolayne Devente, sponsored by Kia West.
  • Mundy Park (Hillcrest Street): artist April Lacheur, sponsor Coquitlam Sharks Aquatic Club.
  • Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (Poirier Street): artist Elvira DS, sponsor Sharon Perry Inc. Chartered Professional Accountant.
  • Victoria Park (Soball Street and Victoria Drive): artist Cory Douglas, sponsor Rebecca Permack / Burke Mountain Homes.

More information about the salmon sculptures can be found at


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Karen Basi
Cultural Services Manager
City of Coquitlam


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