Public Art in Kelowna, BC – The Brevity Memorial

The Brevity Memorial

The Brevity Memorial

The first stop for me on the “Please Visit the Art” tour is actually #53 in the brochure (PDF here).   The Brevity Memorial is in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.  The memorial is for children who have predeceased their parents.

I visited the memorial on Saturday, July 30, 2011.  It was a beautiful day with heat and sunshine.  The cemetery was more peaceful than I thought it would be.  It’s right next to the golf course.

A bronze life-sized statue of two children playing on a tree stump symbolizes brevity, or a life cut short.  People placed children’s toys and trinkets at the base of the statue, and on top of the memorial’s walls.  There are 160 names inscribed in the walls.


The Brevity Memorial is located in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Avenue.  To get to The Brevity Memorial, from wherever you are get to the intersection of Bernard/Spall/Glenmore. (Map)

Head toward the golf course, and you’ll see a sign for cemetery access on the right.  Once you are through the gates, the memorial is on your right, near section G4.

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