Richmond, BC – On July 15th, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Aspac Developments welcomed two outstanding works of art for placement on the public space at River Green. Works by internationally recognized artists Susan A. Point, Thomas Cannell, Jacqueline Metz, and Nancy Chew are now proudly displayed on ‘Fish Trap Way’ and along the walkway above the ‘East/West Promenade’. Both unique spaces are open to the public which fulfills Aspac’s commitment to include public space in the River Green development.
Renowned Coast Salish artist, Susan Point and her son, Thomas Cannell were commissioned to create a unique piece of public art for Aspac. Together they created a four part installation that represents spawning salmon and their historic importance to the Musqueam people. For those who walk, jog, or bike on the dike, they will be able to enjoy the spectacular pieces and learn a bit about the First Nations’ culture and history.
Created by BC abstract artists Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew, the second public art piece is incorporated into a pedestrian bridge that links the north and south towers of the River Green Phase One buildings. It also spans across the East/West promenade. Titled ‘stillness & motion’, the artists adopted the Great Blue Heron as the focal point of the work; a bird that is very common in Richmond. The art blends the glass façade of the bridge with a translucent video of the herons at rest, nesting amidst trees to create a spectacle for those walking under or through the walkway.
Aspac’s John Ryan, Richmond’s Mayor Malcolm Brodie, and Architect James Cheng took the time at the event to give thanks to the artists for their time and dedication as well as thanking the artists selection panel and the Public Art Committee from the City of Richmond.
The event was not only about dedicating art, it was also an opportunity for Aspac to recognize one of Richmond’s pioneers, Samuel Brighouse. A table crafted from a white oak tree planted by Brighouse and his family was presented to Mayor Brodie and Councillor Linda McPhail to be displayed at City Hall. River Green is already home to a number of pieces made from this precious wood harvested from Aspac owned lands, and more art is planned for the future. It is Aspac’s way of maintaining the legacy of the land and the people who helped make Richmond what it is today.
“We are very proud to have such well-known artists create public art at River Green for both the residents and public to enjoy,” says John Ryan, VP Development of Aspac Developments. “Their presence here is a legacy for both the City of Richmond and Aspac Developments. We are happy to have their art integrated and showcased within our community.”