BLOOM will beinstalled at Whonnock Lake Park next spring and feature a shelter area framed by coloured canopies and western red cedars.

BLOOM will beinstalled at Whonnock Lake Park next spring and feature a shelter area framed by coloured canopies and western red cedars.

Public art project creates a cedar shelter

Project titled BLOOM will be installed at Whonnock Lake Park

The next public art project will go into the eastern part of the city and have a functional purpose.

It will be called BLOOM and installed at Whonnock Lake Park next spring.

It will feature a shelter area framed by coloured canopies and western red cedars.

The shelter will have seats and a table and will have space for people to retreat in a shaded and sheltered environment and will ring in at a total cost of $30,000.

Maple Ridge’s public art steering committee chose the design, created by Collabor8 Architecture + Design.

It made the decision after reviewing 13 proposals from across Metro Vancouver and Canada.

“We are very excited to see the high calibre of artists and public artwork for our community,” said Susan Hayes, chair of the steering committee.

“It’s an opportunity for public art to complement the beauty of Whonnock, add a new feature and further celebrate one of the oldest neighbourhoods. We look forward to having the public art program evolve with the community.”

The display will be the third such artistic feature in Maple Ridge with the first being Tendance, the spiral metal sculpture outside the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre and Balance, the structure that represents a glass on Lougheed Highway and 224th Street.

“I think public art gives a sense of place to a community,” said Hayes.

Collabor8 is an artist collective of professional architects and designers who have worked together for years.

The team is an amalgamation of Chandler Associates Architecture Inc. and Maxam Design International and consists of Francis Wong, Daniel Clarke, Janet Tucker, Onifur Garcia, Ryan Kennedy, Tina Lisa Matthiesen, and Chris Huxtable.

The artists will meet the community at various times, including Whonnock Lake in the fall.