Public Art in Kelowna, BC – Aerosol Art Mural

The Aerosol Art Mural

The Aerosol Art Mural

The Aerosol Art Mural is stop #52 in the Public Art brochure (PDF).

Artist Lars Widell created this mural on a cement concrete (Thanks, Patrick) retaining wall as part of the City’s anti-graffiti program in 2006.

At one end of the mural depicts the lake.  The other end has images of fruit trees, grapevines, and flowers.  In between are animals, trees, and — I think — mountains.  The colours are beautiful and vibrant.

The mural wall runs the entire length of Duggan Park at 1551 Bernard Avenue (Map).  Duggan Park is a small park, and features a fenced off-leash area for small dogs.

 

 

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Public Art in Kelowna, BC – Elemental

Elemental - Tree Grates

Elemental - Tree Grates

I’ve walked by these tree grates probably a thousand times.  I’ve looked at them and thought, “That’s interesting!”  But I never thought about them as art, public or otherwise.

These tree grates on Cawston (Map) between the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Rotary Centre for the Arts were the winning design in a competition held in 2000.  Crystal Przybille is the designer.  She incorporates “elements representing the Okanagan.”  You can see Kokanee salmon and waves in the circles closest to the trees, fruit trees in the corners, and sun at the edges.

The grates are about 4 feet by 4 feet.  I like how oxidation will change the colour of the grates over time.  Trees get bigger over time, too, and the inner part of the grates have been removed from around some of the trees.  Good for the trees, but too bad for the “elements.” I guess that’s the downside of functional public art.  There are more of these grates on Abbott Street, apparently, although I can’t remember ever having noticed them.

More about Public Art in Kelowna here.  You can grab a PDF with a list and a map at that same link.  “Elemental” is #10 on the list.  The Kelowna Art Gallery has a wonderful exhibit called “Please Touch the Art: Art in the Public Space”.  If you’re reading this before September 4, 2011, you should check it out online, or even better, in person.

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.

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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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Please Visit the Art

A Guide to Public Art - City of Kelowna

A Guide to Public Art - City of Kelowna

The Kelowna Art Gallery exhibition “Please Touch the Art: Art in the Public Space” is a wonderful recounting of the creation of Brower Hatcher’s Bear sculpture in Stuart Park.

While I was there I found a brochure called “A Guide to Public Art” (PDF version here) with a list of 59 pieces of public art throughout Kelowna.

The weather is finally hot and sunny.  I’m trying to learn WordPress, and I have an unused domain kicking around.  I like taking pictures.  All that makes this seem like the perfect excuse to visit and photograph all the public art on the list, and the people and things near the public art, too.

I hope you like the pictures.  I hope you’ll get out and look at the public art.

 

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On the Radio with Jessica Samuels

Jessica Samuels was kind enough to invite me to speak on the Morning Show on AM1150 in Kelowna, where we talked about a couple of seriously bad scams that are hitting the area.

Links
Avoid Scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently
BBB Warns of Microsoft scam (Victoria Times Colonist)
Virus phone scam being run from call centres in India
Canada Post warns of email scam
Notice to Canada Post Customers – SPAM with a possible virus
SuperAntiSpyware
Web of Trust
Computer Care Kelowna
Getting Along With Your Computer Column Archives
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