A SPLASH OF COLOUR BY THE WATER
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks will be launching a community mural project in Kanaka Creek Regional Park in the near future. The mural will be under the 240th Street bridge at the Fish Fence site – a popular area for strolls along the creek, especially to view spawning coho and chum salmon in the fall. The artwork will be in three interconnected locations: under the bridge, along a retaining wall west of the bridge, and on the bridge pillars.
It’s an ideal site for a mural. Many educational programs are conducted there to teach students and community members about salmon, and about the “fish fence” installed in the creek each fall to obtain broodstock for the nearby Bell-Irving Hatchery
The mural will add dynamic colour to the site. It will tell the story of the salmon lifecycle, their connection to our ecosystem, and the importance of habitat preservation and conservation.
TIMELINE & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Fall 2021: Online and in-class workshops, as well as in-park field trips, for surrounding schools, families, seniors, and community.
Winter 2021/2022: Community feedback on a draft mural concept.
Spring 2022: On-site painting by the Artist and community members – in a safe way, following any public health guidelines that may be in place at the time.
MEET THE ARTIST
Todd Polich is a public arts specialist with extensive experience engaging communities. In 2008, he founded the Earth Foundation to create large-scale public art that promotes environmental conservation, as well as the Art of Empowerment Program, which is designed to engage all ages, demographics, and artistic levels in each step of the mural process, from concept to creation. Todd has worked with over 5,000 youth on more than 50 large-scale projects.