Public Art

The City of Coquitlam believes that public and community art contributes to Coquitlam's identity as a diverse community with a vibrant cultural scene. As result in 2011, a Public Art Policy and Program Plan was created.

Evergreen Extension Public Art Collection

Statement of Significance

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.  

Background

Seven B.C. artists were selected, by the Coquitlam Evergreen Line Public Art Task Force, to create 11 works of art through a public art selection process in 2014 that attracted 57 submissions from around the world.

​The public art was funded with $300,000 from the Province of British Columbia and $50,000 from Coquitlam’s casino-funded Community Capital Fund. The artworks will be formally introduced to the public in late 2016, following the official opening of the Evergreen Extension.

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  • Burquitlam Station

  • Coquitlam Central Station

  • Lincoln Station

  • Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station

  • All Stations

Coquitlam 125 Salmon Project

Media: ​Fabricated from reinforced composite fibreglass, the sculptures are over 6 feet tall, 5 ½ deep and 1 ½ feet wide.
Artist:  Jody Broomfield
Location: ​Twelve salmon sculptures are installed at various locations (indicated below) within the City of Coquitlam.
Date: 2016

Statement of Significance

​Salmon are an integral part of Coquitlam's story. Coquitlam's name is derived from the Kwikwetlem term for "small red salmon", from the days when the Coquitlam River was thick with sockeye salmon. They were also an important food source for early residents (First Nations and European alike), and in modern times, their continuing presence in our local rivers is an important reminder of the nature around us.

Background

​In keeping with the Coquitlam 125 vision "Stories told, stories to be created", 12 artists were selected from among 41 submissions to decorate the sculptures. The salmon sculptures, with their completed artwork, were unveiled July 23 and 24 at the Kaleidoscope arts festival, a signature Coquitlam 125 event. They were then permanently installed in high traffic locations throughout the community as a legacy of Coquitlam 125. The project was funded by corporate partners and community sponsors.

Salmon Sculpture Locations & Artist Details

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  • Blue Mountain Park

  • City Hall

  • Como Lake Park

  • Coquitlam Crunch

  • Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch

  • Cottonwood Park

  • Lafarge Lake

  • Mackin Park

  • Mundy Park

  • Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex

  • Victoria Park

Migration

Click on image for larger view.Media: Printed, painted glass and other mixed media
Artist: Blake Williams
Location: Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch
Date: December, 2013

Statement of Significance

“Migration” represents the flow of humanity which has taken place since the beginning of time. The piece, by artist Blake Williams, reflects the thoughts and perceptions of workshop participants who have migrated from another country and now live in Coquitlam.

Background

The project was created through joint funding from the City of Coquitlam and the Province of British Columbia’s EmbraceBC. The EmbraceBC mandate was to explore the immigrant experience through an art practice. The project's aim was to discover if Coquitlam is a welcoming community and did people experience bigotry, racism and intolerance?

The piece “Migration” was conceived through a series of workshops held during the late 2013 spring. The “Welcome Project” workshops used the medium of collage applied on wooden birdhouses. Each participant was given a preassembled birdhouse and they were asked to select images which signified their experience of becoming a Canadian and a Coquitlam resident. Eight workshops held, with a total of 127 participants. Participants were also asked to complete an evaluation form to gain more insight into their immigration experience. 

The artist used what he had learned from the workshops and participants to inform the final piece. A grand unveiling of Blake William's final art piece and celebration was held December 5, 2013. View images of the unveiling in our photo gallery. Finally, read the artist's ebook, "The Welcome Project – Migration"  for more information about the project, the process and its outcomes.

 

About the Artist

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  • Blake Williams

Coquitlam Synthesis

Media:  Charcoal pencil on medite board
Artists:  Irene Ahn, Travis Anderson, Connie Chen, Alice Guo, Stephanie Heng, Hartman Ho, Shireen Noor, Jane Ro, Rachel Rozanski, Jimin Park and Lucy Xu
Location:  Coquitlam City Hall (Room 380, 2nd Floor)
Date:  2011

Statement of Significance

Coquitlam Synthesis” was commissioned by the City of Coquitlam in partnership with Pinetree Secondary in School District No 43, to engage youth and to support creativity and innovation in public space. Unveiled on February 17, 2011, the project was funded through a Multicultural Grant from the Federal Government.

The images in this piece were taken from a variety of Coquitlam’s cultural festivals and events during Coquitlam’s ‘Cultural Capitals of Canada’ year in 2009. Eleven high-school students worked under the tutelage of Pinetree Secondary School art teacher Brian Gleckman to create 31 panels that complete a 14 foot mural. Each panel is hung a varying distance from the wall, creating a striking, three-dimensional effect. 

Work began on the piece in September of 2010, with completion in January 2011.

Pioneer SpiritPioneer Spirit

Media: Stainless Steel, fabric, bicycle parts, parabolic mic, wire, computer, sound domes, cement, plastic tubing, solar panels, led lighting and DMX controller
Artist(s): douglas r. taylor 
Location: Mackin Park, corner of Brunette Ave and King Edward
Date: 2010

Statement of Significance

Opened on October 23, 2010, “Pioneer Spirit” is a gift from the City of Coquitlam commemorating the 1909-2009 Centenaire de Maillardville/Maillardville Centennial. The piece embodies the spirit of the pioneers who arrived in the area at the turn of the century, and provides a way-finding presence in the heart of Maillardville.

The kinetic work includes four sails and three solar panels, powering Led lighting and three listening stations. The listening stations allow you to experience a variety of sounds: natural sounds from the immediate area collected by parabolic microphone, archived recordings of the pioneers of Maillardville, and a choral piece called “Ils Rêvent d’un Village” “The Dream of a Village”. This piece was commissioned by the Societe du francophone Maillardville through the 2009 Cultural Capitals of Canada program, and is performed by “Les Échos du Pacifique”. 

About the Artist

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  • Douglas Taylor

Return of the SockeyeReturn of the Sockeye

Media: Steel, glass, water
Artist(s): Ross Ireland and 3D Inc, in collaboration with Chris Phillips, PHILLIPS FAREVAAG SMALLENBERG
Location: Spirit Square, 3003 Burlington Drive
Date: 2010

Statement of Significance

“Return of the Sockeye” anchors Coquitlam Spirit Square, and tells the story of the small red salmon that were genetically unique to and prevalent in the Coquitlam River at the turn of the 20th century. 

‘Coquitlam’, taken from the native word “Kwi kwe t lem”, means ‘red fish up the river’. The Kwi kwe t lem First Nation’s history describes sockeye salmon so abundant in the Coquitlam River at spawning time, you could walk across the river on their red coloured backs. In the early 1900’s the B.C. government built a dam at the headwaters of the Coquitlam River to create a reservoir of drinking water for the growing City of New Westminster. The dam resulted in the disappearance of the sockeye. Nearly 100 years later, the Kwi kwe t l em people have succeeded in re-establishing a small sockeye run in the Coquitlam River.

“Return of the Sockeye” features a large red sockeye salmon arching its body over a concrete wall that represents a dam. The ‘dam’ includes an interactive water feature. Water flows below the salmon, over the side of the ‘dam’, and down luminous red glass ‘salmon eggs’. The water continues to trickle along a flowing arrangement of river stones and large rocks that weaves across Spirit Square, with more red glass salmon ‘eggs’ nestled randomly amongst them. A long red bench flanks the ‘river’, and provides tranquil seating. The bench lights up in the evenings, representing the backs of the schools of sockeye returning to their home to complete the cycle of life.

The Coquitlam Columbian Centennial TotemThe Centennial Totem Pole

Media: Cedar, paint
Artist(s): John Edward Neel, Lloyd Wadhams Sr., and Robert Whonnock
Location: Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier Street
Date: Saturday, October 28, 1967

Statement of Significance

In 1967, to commemorate Canada's 100th birthday, the Columbian Newspaper initiated The Centennial Totem Pole project. The project is a tribute to the local First Nations, and reflects on the changing attitudes of the public, moving towards an inclusive vision of the community and its place in Canadian history.

The pole is carved in the Kwakwaka’wakw tradition of North West Coast First Nations art, as local Coast Salish First Nations art practice was not publicly prevalent at the time. The figures on the pole represent from top to bottom, Thunderbird (with bear depicted on his chest), Raven with Salmon and Killerwhale with man on his back.

Background

On December 1, 1991 the City added a fifty year time capsule adjacent to the totem pole in celebration of its 1891 – 1991 Centennial. The capsule honours the early pioneers of our community, and will be opened on December 1, 2041.

On May 15, 2007, the totem pole was relocated slightly northwest of its original location, as part of the City’s Dogwood Pavilion expansion and improvement project.

About the Artists

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  • Lloyd Wahams Seniors | 1938 – 1992

  • John Edward Neel Junior | 1939 – 1971

  • Robert Whonnock | Dates Unknown

Public Art Inventory

We are currently updating our current public art inventory.  Please check back for future updates. 

For more information contact:
Lynda Baker
Culture & Community Events Coordinator
Email:  lbaker@coquitlam.ca