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2016 News and Information

Community made public art to be unveiled at Bridgeport Industrial Park

10 August 2016

blackberrybutterflynetA temporary public art installation entitled Blackberry/Butterfly Net will be revealed on Saturday, August 13 at Bridgeport Industrial Park. The new artwork, by artist Sharon Kallis, uses blackberry fibre rope made by community members who participated in a series of artist-led workshops in July and August.

“This piece was inspired by my childhood memories of running in a field with butterfly nets. It uses natural, seasonal materials to create a site-specific and community-engaged art installation,” said artist Sharon Kallis. “The sculptures are presented in gratitude to the many hands and voices of the community who contributed to its creation.”

Join the celebration and the pollinators from 1 to 4 p.m. for iced nettle tea and other light refreshments under the crochet tea tent, at the east end of the park near the Bath Slough entrance. A musical duet will be performed by Mr. Fire-Man and Jamie Macdonald.

Bridgeport Industrial Park (12408 Vickers Way) is easily accessible by a short walk from Cambie Community Centre (12800 Cambie Road) along the Bath Slough Trail.

This artwork is presented as part of the Pollinator Pasture, a project led by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, working in partnership with the City. It is Richmond’s first dedicated wildflower meadow, created to attract a variety of native pollinators including bees and butterflies. The pasture has successfully transformed an underused greenway into a dynamic urban park, designed to incorporate ecological revitalization initiatives, public art and community engagement. This initiative is a collaboration with multiple partners including BC Hydro, West Coast Seeds, Vancity, East Richmond Community Association, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The Pollinator Pasture highlights the principles of the City’s newly adopted Ecological Network Management Strategy, which aims to protect, restore and connect natural space across Richmond. For more information on the Pollinator Pasture and the Bath Slough revitalization, visit http://bit.ly/BathSloughRevit.