I wanted to create an iconic image that would provide a contextual link to the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area adjacent to the site of the Business Park. The sculpture makes reference to the nesting osprey’s home and symbolically represents all nesting creatures within the Flats , as well as the concept of home and place.
This sculpture is fabricated from hundreds of lengths of stainless steel round bar stock, acting as a representation for the twigs and branches used in building a nest, inspired by the osprey’s assembly/construction.
Inserted inside the top of the nest is a small stainless steel replica of one of the squatter’s houses that existed on the Mud Flats until the early 1970’s. This model connects the site and work with the recent historical past and creates another layer of meaning for the concept of home.
nest is an original work commissioned and owned by the District of North Vancouver.
Photo credit for douglas-senft-nest-005.jpg – Lori Phillips