Maple Ridge's new public art project soon to be unveiled
A new public are project is being installed at the corner of Lougheed Highway and 224th Street.
The sculpture, called “Balance,” is to be unveiled over the next two weeks.
An official dedication ceremony is set for Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1:30 p.m. in front of Westminster Savings, a partner in the $40,000 project.
“The location of this beautiful sculpture at the front door of 224th Street is one more addition to our new town centre, where pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, quality public spaces, great local businesses and this new focus on heritage and street art raise the bar on the aesthetic nature of our community,” said Mayor Ernie Daykin.
The winning design was submitted by Claudia Cuesta and Bill Baker. The sculpture, “Balance,” is a free-standing articulated sculpture, six metres high and four in diameter, with tempered blue and green coloured glass.
Light shining through the glass will dance to the rhythm of the season and weather.
The inspiration for the sculpture comes from the name of community – after the stand of maple trees on the McIver Farm.
Its name, Balance, reflects is the ability to maintain a centre of gravity; it implies that there is a core that is connected to its centre. “Balance” will become a centre in Maple Ridge that creates a special focal point where the community can feel a sense of place.
“It captures not only the spirit of Maple Ridge through its inspirational theme, but also describes through glass and steel, the modern spirit of this growing community,” said Kristin Krimmel, chair of the Public Arts Steering Committee.
“Through the dedication of the Public Art Steering Committee volunteers, we have been able to select a top quality, elegant sculpture to enhance this central downtown location,”