Public Art Path (THRIVE grant)

‘Breaching Whale’ by David Evanson
Current Project Status

On June 1, 2022, the Town announced that five pieces of art have been selected for installation along the Town’s new Public Art Path. The artwork includes:

  • 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.

Project Background

The Town of Gibsons has received a grant in the amount of $50,000 to create a “public art path” which will work to connect Upper and Lower Gibsons, and showcase our artistic and cultural assets.

It is anticipated that the art path will 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 will then continue up the Inglis trail to an Upper Gibsons residential neighbourhood and along to Gibsons’ commercial strip on the Sunshine Coast Highway.

Selected new public art installations will be added to strategic sites along the path, as trailhead markers, and featured standalone and forest installations.

Read the 2021-12-15 Press Release: “New Cultural Corridor in Gibsons to Unite Commercial Areas Through Art” here

Read the Public Art Path THRIVE Grant Application here.

Project History

An open call for submissions was initiated on January 26, 2022, with applications/art installation proposals accepted from local artists until February 28, 2022.

During that time, a total of 19 submissions were submitted from 13 local artists.

The art installations for the Public Art Path were selected by jury, with works based on artistic merit, longevity, maintenance and other practical considerations, as well as budget.

Additionally, an Indigenous Curator will be appointed to liaise with Squamish Nation culture authorities and Squamish artists.