First Nations Public Art to Enhance Johnson Street Parkade
August 22, 2016
Public art will soon enhance the exterior of the Johnson Street Parkade and the downtown streetscape. Work is underway to install Woven Together, the contemporary First Nations artwork by Vancouver-based mother and son Musqueam artist team Susan Point and Thomas Cannell.
Woven Together consists of colourful, powder-coated aluminum circular forms that are often used in Coast Salish art to represent the cycle of life, but also the traditional weaving spindle whorl and transportation. Colour plays a significant role in symbolizing cultures and different beliefs around the world all coming together to complete the circle. The centre is made up of four eye motifs that create four butterfly images symbolizing the ability to accept change, metamorphosis, and the beauty of nature. The number four is important within First Nations culture as it represents the four winds, seasons, directions, elements, moons and peoples.
Approximately six metres wide by eight metres high, Woven Together contains 82 pieces which will be mounted to the building’s façade. A template will be used to mark and pre-drill holes in which to secure each art piece.
The Johnson Street Parkade will remain open during the artwork’s installation but parking customers may experience minor delays entering the parkade. The work will take place daily this week from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and is anticipated to be completed by Friday.
Woven Together was one of 110 proposals the City received in response to a national Call to Artists to create new public artwork to beautify Johnson Street Parkade. Enhancing City parkades to make them more welcoming was identified during consultation in 2014 with the Victoria Youth Council as a way to improve the parking experience downtown.
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