public art

Cates Landing

Commissioned 2017

SACRED SALMON

Zachary George (Skokaylem) artwork & Liz Calvin mosaic fabrication. 

There are four mosaic medallions near Roche Creek and along the waterfront that honour the importance of salmon as a source of sustenance for the Tsleil-Waututh people. With vibrant colour, they represent the qualities of determination, hard work, community and connectedness.

Chinese Benevolent
Society
Commissioned 2013
Unveiling day

Unveiling day

Mosaic in full

Mosaic in full

Traditional festivities

Traditional festivities

Upper right corner detail

Upper right corner detail

Lower right corner detail

Lower right corner detail

Moon gate detail on right

Moon gate detail on right

Lower left corner detail

Lower left corner detail

Moon gate detail on left

Moon gate detail on left

Official opening gathering

Official opening gathering

Upper left corner detail

Upper left corner detail

New Westminster BC

Historic Columbia Street

Commissioned 2012 

This mosaic was commissionsed by the Chinese Benevolent Society.  It was lovingly designed with the help of valued members within the Society.  The crane and bonsai tree are in red, indicitive of the time honored craft of paper cutting.  The centre image is surrounded within a moon gate entrance way.

Installing 'Transportation'

Installing 'Transportation'

'Transportation' detail work

'Transportation' detail work

'Transportation' mosaic detail

'Transportation' mosaic detail

'Gold Rush' work in progress

'Gold Rush' work in progress

'Gold Rush' mosaic work in progress

'Gold Rush' mosaic work in progress

mosaic detail from original menu

mosaic detail from original menu

'King Neptune' mosaic work

'King Neptune' mosaic work

'King Neptune' work in progress

'King Neptune' work in progress

installing 'King Neptune' mosaic

installing 'King Neptune' mosaic

Columbia Street New Westminster:  Co-commissioned with Bruce Walther and assisted by Dan Clark, these four (of eight) mosaics depecited significant historic events of the citie's past; The Gold rush, transportation, working waterfront and the old King Neptune Resturant.

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association 

Commissioned 2010

resized Olympic worksite.jpg

resized Olympic worksite.jpg

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resized Working together at Sleep Country .jpg

resized Laneway Life.jpg

resized Laneway Life.jpg

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resized Olympic disc .jpg

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resized Blossoms and Blooms.jpg

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resized Blossom and Blooms detail 1.jpg

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Resized Blossim and Blooms detail 2.jpg

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), co-commissioned with Bruce Walther.  These are the two (of four) that I created and worked on during the two weeks of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, daily in window of Sleep Country on Granville Street.  It was a LOT of fun!!  My two commissions were titled: Laneway Life and Blossoms and Blooms.  A walking tour of the DVBIA mosaics can be found and downloaded on their website.

Photos to be loaded soon.

Queensburry Community Centre
Commissioned 2010
Queensburry helping hands in progress

Queensburry helping hands in progress

Queensburry community and crane

Queensburry community and crane

Queensburry helping hands and crane

Queensburry helping hands and crane

Queensburry Mosaic torch

Queensburry Mosaic torch

Queensburry Mosiac finished

Queensburry Mosiac finished

Queensburry mosaic in progress

Queensburry mosaic in progress

This mosaic is in celebration of the 2010 Olympic torch relay across Canada to Vancouver, as it passed through the community of Queensburry.  Mosaic work assisted by Ruth Murry, with many long hours of thoughtful mosaic work, music, conversation, cheezies, wine and laughs. 

Oakridge Centre:
Canada Line
Commissioned 2010
Sidewalk view

Sidewalk view

Flowing blues and greens

Flowing blues and greens

Flowing reds and railroad detail

Flowing reds and railroad detail

Flowing violets

Flowing violets

Futuristic railway line detail

Futuristic railway line detail

Flowing yellows

Flowing yellows

Interconnected railway systems

Interconnected railway systems

Past, present and future railways

Past, present and future railways

This mosaic was commissionsed just prior to the 2010 Olympics, celebrating the opening of the new Canada Line.  Four this piece I intended the tile to resemble paint brush strokes. The design acknowledges the crossroads between the historic rail travel and newly opened skytrain station in the Oakridge area.  The third bridge is an image of a futuristic bridge, balanceing out the composition of past, present and future of railway travel.  Mosaic work and installation assisted by Dan Clark.

Jewish Community Centre
Commissioned 2009
Jewish Community Celebration

Jewish Community Celebration

mosaic work detail

mosaic work detail

mosaic work detail

mosaic work detail

This mosaic came together with many influences; drawing sessions with children, youth and adults within the Jewish community, conversation and story sessions with Jewish elders living within the community, photo tours in the historic parts of old downtown, and visiting three beautiful synoges.  The research and community participation for this mosaic was very enlightning and a lot of fun. 

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association

Commisioned 2008

Rings of Life

Rings of Life

Celebration

Celebration

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

In recognition of the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympics, DVBIA applied to be a part of the Cultural Legacy of Public Art.  Bruce Walther and I were commissioned to add to the original 12 sidewalk mosaics done in 2006.  We continued with the relationship of ideas and images directly relating to downtown Vancouver, both in the past and present, with themes of cultural events, historical architectural and influential persons. The three sidewalk mosaics that I designed were; Signs of the Times, Rings of Life and Celebration!  We enjoyed fabricating these mosaics over several weeks, for public viewing and interaction in the lobby of the Sinclare Centre.

Photos to be loaded soon.

Northern Dawn
Commissioned 2007
Northern Dawn and Liz

Northern Dawn and Liz

Grouting Northern Dawn

Grouting Northern Dawn

Northern Dawn

Northern Dawn

'Northern Dawn' was the last wooden fishing boat fabricated in the historic Sam Matsumoto shipbuilding site, located along the lower road, heading out to Cate's Park near Deep Cove North Vancouver.  Mr. Matsumoto is credited with fabricating some of the finest aluminum fishing boats of their kind with incredible design and construction. 

Parkgate Community Centre
Commissioned 2007
mosaic mesh preparation

mosaic mesh preparation

installing exterior chessboard

installing exterior chessboard

Parkgate community participation

Parkgate community participation

Parkgate Community Chessboard

Parkgate Community Chessboard

The Parkgate Community Chessboard in North Vancouver is an exterior 10' by 10' chessboard.  It is uniquely Parkgate, with many months of community involvement in the design, fabrication and installation process.

Lonsdale Quay 
'Tidal Encounters'
Commissioned 2006
Tidal Encounters - Lonsdale Quay

Tidal Encounters - Lonsdale Quay

Tidal Encounters -mosaic tile detail

Tidal Encounters -mosaic tile detail

Tidal Encounters - building the form

Tidal Encounters - building the form

Tidal Encounters - inclusive seating

Tidal Encounters - inclusive seating

Tidal Encounters - removing brick

Tidal Encounters - removing brick

Tidal Encounters - Seabus arriving

Tidal Encounters - Seabus arriving

Tidal Encounters - surface design

Tidal Encounters - surface design

'Tidal Encounters', is located on the pier in front of Lonsdale Quay, looking over the downtown Vancouver shoreline.  It was designed in the shape of a starfish, that is easist seen by climbing up the five story 'Quay' viewing tower and looking down upon it.  The mosaic tile designs are a reflection of the local sealife within the area of the pier.  It's primary purpose is to be a place of inclusive seating for the public.  It was put together over a two month period with the amazing talents of 5 North Shore Youth under the mentorship of Liz Calvin; funded by Lonsdale Quay and the City of North Vancouver as a Youth Employment Program

Lonsdale Quay 'Perspectives'

Commisioned 2006

Installing Perspectives with Babak

Installing Perspectives with Babak

Lonsdale Quay 'Perspectives'

Lonsdale Quay 'Perspectives'

'Perspectives' is located within Lonsdale Quay, in front of the glass elevator and under the three story sunny atrium.  It was also fabricated through the incredible talents of five North Shore youth. Over a three month intense summer employment and menorship program these youth are credited with the thoughtful vision and design and many, many hours of mosaic work.  It was put together in 64 large puzzle pieces and took nine full days to install... stunning to view from the floors above. 

City of North Vancouver
Commissioned 2005
North Vancouver Centenial Mosaic

North Vancouver Centenial Mosaic

Presented by the talented group of youth who fabricated 'Perspectives', to the City of North Vancouver as a gift... celcbrating the City's Centenial year. It was installed in the plaza next to the John Braithwright Community Center in lower Lonsdale.

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association 

Commissioned 2006

Points of View

Points of View

Sounds Around Town

Sounds Around Town

Dal Richards

Dal Richards

Enterprising beginnings

Enterprising beginnings

Neon Lights

Neon Lights

On the Scene

On the Scene

Co-commissed with Bruce Walther are the original 12 sidewalk mosaics for downtown Vancouvetr. 

Photos to be loaded soon.

Broadway Skytrain
Station
Commissioned 2005
"Where the Crows Fly'

"Where the Crows Fly'

'Walking on Eggshells' in full

'Walking on Eggshells' in full

Installing 'Where the Crows Fly'

Installing 'Where the Crows Fly'

Detail of 'Walking on Eggshells'

Detail of 'Walking on Eggshells'

Tracks and footprints...

Tracks and footprints...

Commissioned in 2005 for the busy Vancouver Skytrain station at Broadway and Commercial.  

 

The mosaic 'Walking on Eggshells' reminded me of the intricate way that travelers navigated this busy crossroads of directions.  The flow of passengers bustling in all directions are depicted by their lingering footprints... telling a story about who they might be.  Notice the older gentleman who is walking with a cane.  There are remaining trails made by inline skates, a skate board and a bicycle.  

 

The mosaic 'Where the Birds Fly' was created in complete 'awh',of the thousands of crows that pass over the connecting overpass daily, between old and new stations.  There are interspersed green leaves between the 25 crows, detailing falling leaves from the birtch trees on either side of the overpass.

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Tidal Encounters -mosaic tile detail