Artist Selected for Topaz Skate and Bike Parks

Vancouver visual artist and curator Germaine Koh has been selected to create a new site-specific public art installation for the new skate and bike parks in Topaz Park coming in summer 2022.

“It’s exciting to see a very talented artist selected to create an art installation at the City’s new bike and skate park,” said Councillor Ben Isitt. “The young people and others who spend time there will not only enjoy the new amenities but they’ll also get to take in high-quality and interesting public art.”

Germaine Koh will work in collaboration with New Line Skateparks Ltd., the renowned Vancouver-based team that is designing and building the new skate and bike parks.

Currently the Koerner Artist in Residence at the University of British Columbia, Germaine Koh was the City of Vancouver’s first Engineering Artist in Residence for two years. Her most recent public art commissions are Still Flowing, a wind-driven work commemorating the return of spawning salmon to Burnaby, B.C., and Errant Rain Cloud (with Gordon Hicks), mechanisms that replicate the natural rain cycle within the atmosphere of the Minoru Aquatic Centre in Richmond, B.C.

“The City of Victoria Art in Public Places Committee is very excited about the commission of Germaine Koh to work in collaboration with the Topaz Park design team on this new work,” Chair of the Art in Public Places Committee (APPC) Toby Lawrence said. “Her thoughtful and compelling art practice closely observes community issues and local environments, while her integrated and site-specific public artworks offer opportunities for experiential learning and aesthetic intrigue.”

In February, the City issued an expression of interest for professional artists and received 44 submissions from individual artists and teams located across Canada. A selection panel comprised of members from local skate groups, artists, curators, as well as a representative from the Art in Public Places Committee reviewed applications and unanimously selected Germaine Koh.

Council approved the skate and bike park in January 2020 as part of the long-term renewal plan for Topaz Park. The 3,000 square metre skate park and 6,000 square metre bike park will provide a fun and challenging riding experience for all skill levels.

Learn more about the Topaz Park Improvement Plan.