Located on the Central Valley Greenway between Lakewood and Nanaimo Streets, are six steel benches shaped like vine maple-seed wings. Steel silhouettes of crows high on poles overlook the cluster of benches and a crushed granite pathway. The same benches are repeated at 12th Avenue and further east at Slocan Street where another group of poles support silhouettes of coyotes. I was interested in creating a work that would create a engagement with the viewer over some distance within the site.
The imagery for this work was derived from local and indigenous flora and fauna; the benches are representative of flora that once grew along the site, while the crow and coyote icons represent survival and adaptability in the urban environment.
posture – Commissioned by Rapid Transit Project for the City of Vancouver Central Valley Greenway as part of Translink’s Millennium SkyTrain Line.