Fruit Stand is a tribute to Kelowna’s agricultural history. It is described in the Public Art brochure (PDF) as “whimsical” and I would have to agree. Seven concrete and terrazzo fruits stand on five concrete benches, and there are mosaics recreating fruit box labels from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The mosaics measure 26″ by 30″ and the fruits are bigger than that.
Stop #11 on the Public Art in Kelowna tour lines the walkway between the Library parkade and the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
Some of the fruits are split open, revealing very detailed pits in the peaches and seeds in the apples. While the outside of the fruits and the concrete walls are grey, the mosaic labels are colourful. This walkway is part of the Art and Heritage Walk, and Fruit Stand is perfect in that context.
Don’t miss Natural Language in front of the Library. And there is lots more Public Art in the area. I hope to blog about all of it eventually. 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. Better still, pick up the brochure and do a tour!