The Art Path
The art path is designed to take visitors from the Town’s entrance at Gibsons Creek (near the Chekwelp Squamish Lands) and through the Lower Gibsons business centre and shoreline, including stops at existing public art displays at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Town Hall, Gibsons Public Library, Gibsons Public Market and Arts Building. The path then continues up the Inglis trail to Upper Gibsons and along to Gibsons’ commercial strip on the Sunshine Coast Highway.
Art installations are located at strategic sites along the path, as trailhead markers, and featured standalone and forest installations.
- ‘Breaching Whale’ by David Evanson – a 7’ abstract form, carved from a single 200-year-old yellow cedar log, highlighted with a natural, clear finish. (Installed at Lower Gibsons waterfront walkway junction, July 2022);
- ‘Yoga Bear’ by Karin Taylor – a hand-sculpted, wood cellulose-bronze enamel statue of a bear in yoga pose;
- ‘Wooden Mural’ by Cambria Logan – a 15’ x 8’ hand-crafted wood mural depicting a Sunshine Coast scene; constructed from multiple layers of cedar and fir boards. (Installed at Mahan trailhead, Mahan Road near Gibsons Way, September 2022);
- ‘Macro Forest Images’ by Alan Sirulnikoff – 8 close-up photographic images of natural fauna from local forests, presented as a gallery in the trees that frames a forest trailhead. (Installed on Inglis trail, August 2022); and
- ‘Viewfinder’ by Janine Dunn – an interactive life-sized sculpture created from reclaimed weathered logs, paired with welded, marine-grade aluminum.
This project is fully funded by the THRIVE Small Capital Program, which supports new, innovative and concept-driven small capital initiatives that drive new vitality to downtown, Main Street or business districts. THRIVE-funded projects are meant to foster increased visitor attraction, resident engagement and increased commercial activity.