I’ve already written about things I knew were there but didn’t know were public art. These two things I didn’t even know were there. But once I knew that, I knew for sure they were public art.
Stop #38 on the Public Art tour is a polished stainless steel piece called Zephyr. It stands on the south side of the W. R. Bennett Bridge, at the entrance to Kelowna. Nearby is #39, Standing, Leaning & Reclining. Zephyr was commissioned to celebrate the opening of the new Bennett Bridge in 2008. Standing, Leaning & Reclining is pieces of the old Floating Bridge. Both works are by i.e. creative Artworks (Cheryl Hamilton & Michael Vandermeer), and both are dated 2009.
I got to the sculptures via City Park. I think you can get there on foot or cycle from the Lake Avenue Beach Access, too, but I haven’t gone that way yet. You can actually see Zephyr from the parking lot as you walk toward the lake, but you have to go through the underpass, where there is another kind of public art on display, to get there.
On the other side of the tunnel, the bike people have triumphed. Not only did they stop the BC Liberals’ plan not to have a pedestrian or bike lane, period, they got some paved pathways, a nice bike rack and a huge sign. Admire the sign, and then head up the path toward the bridge. You will see a monument with the names of people involved in the new bridge project. To the south is Zephyr. It’s 35′ long and 26′ high. According to the artists’ website:
This sculpture is named for the gentle breezes that blow across the Okanagan Lake bringing luck and prosperity to the region.
It’s quite beautiful in the daytime. Apparently there’s LED lighting. I haven’t seen the sculpture at night.
Turn toward the bridge and head toward Standing, Leaning & Reclining, the companion piece to Zephyr. The iconic Floating Bridge was dismantled after the new Bennett Bridge opened. Three pieces were cut from the liftspan and painted red to create this sculpture, which confusingly seems to be just two pieces. You can probably tell I’m not an engineer. Everything is about 9′ tall.
I’m glad they preserved part of the Floating Bridge, including the plaque commemorating the opening of that bridge. The old bridge was grey, and I’m glad these parts were painted red. It’s a very bright, colourful sight along the bike path.
If you have some time, head back into City Park and enjoy a walk along the waterfront. Dogs are permitted on-leash in City Park. There are bag dispensers and trash barrels along the way. It’s a nice walk on a good weather day.
More about Public Art in Kelowna here. You can grab a PDF with a list and a map at that same link. 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. I hope eventually to blog about all 59 sites.