Public Art in Kelowna – Stones Pear Grove

Stones Pear Grove

Stones Pear Grove

Stop #56 on the Public Art in Kelowna tour is Stones Pear Grove in Ben Lee Park.

I really liked this installation!  It’s a red bridge, about 3’6″ wide and roughly 10′ long over a dry creek bed filled with stones.  A grove of pear trees surrounds the bridge, and it’s all very peaceful.  I later learned that the shape of the dry creek bed works with the trees to suggest the yin-yang symbol.  (It’s easy to see that in the Satellite view of Google maps.)

Stones Pear Grove is at the end of Ben Lee Park most easily reached from Houghton Road.  Long story short, that’s not where I parked.  So as I walked from completely the opposite corner, I could see the mounds and then the bridge.  It made a nice contrast to looking for Levels.  And I did feel peaceful as I walked on the path and crossed the bridge.

The Work
Grass mounds bisected by a dry creek bed and encircled by flowering pear trees replicate the shape of a ‘yin-yang’ symbol. A flagstone pathway leads to and away from a small, red, Asian-inspired bridge which crosses the creek bed. The words inscribed on the bridge deck planks lend a contemplative, spiritual voice. This installation pays homage to the site’s past as an orchard operated by the Tamagi family and also to the park’s namesake, Ben Lee.

It had been some time since I’d walked around the park.  It’s an 18 acre park with a paved walkway around the perimeter.  Dogs are allowed on leash on the paths.  There’s a children’s water park and a skateboard park.  By the Stones Pear Grove there’s horseshoe pits and picnic tables.

My work takes me all over Kelowna, and I will definitely remember this as a good spot to take a break between customers when I’m in Rutland.

You can find out more about Public Art in Kelowna here.  Grab a PDF of the brochure here. I hope eventually to blog about all 59 sites.  Click on “Public Art” in the “What’s here” box on the right side of this page to see all the Public Art posts on the blog.




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