‘Striking’ 21 foot high artwork installed in Burnaby’s Metrotown

The artist describes how this enormous work of art became a reality.

“Rise and fall.” a striking 21-foot-tall outdoor art installation, was recently unveiled by at 4711 Hazel St. in Metrotown.

For Marianne Nicolson, a skilled visual artist, cultural researcher, historian and native rights activist, the installation must symbolize the human relationship to the earth and consists of four separate columns with images moving across each column to form a single larger image of people. in canoes that symbolize original belief systems regarding the values ​​of peace, care and togetherness.

The height of this project serves as a metaphor for the mountain peaks that nations soared to in native floods to survive the impending catastrophe – both as a beautiful tribute and as a warning.

Flood stories – tales of how catastrophic floods caused nations to float away while new nations were being established – are central to the history of almost every coastal nation in British Columbia.

This shared historical narrative is not only limited to indigenous coastal people, as there are many stories of a great flood that took place and in which humans survived and flourished. It is this intersection between the international experience of water-based disaster and the subsequent survival of this disaster that serves as inspiration.

“This installation uses historical narratives as a reference, and the artwork considers the modern, contemporary global warming dilemma that has become the biggest challenge of the 21st century.st century, as a way to reflect on our ability to predict and solve water-based disasters such as intensified hurricanes, unprecedented floods and rising sea levels, ”said Nicholson.

Ironically, “Rise and Fall” was in the midst of completion in 2021, when the BC floods hit when British Colombians came together in their communities to support each other through an unprecedented natural disaster.

Townline recognizes its responsibility to provide space for dialogue and connection in each of its projects.

“We are so excited to see Sussex become an integral part of the bigger picture

neighborhood in Burnaby, ”said Melanie Briggs, VP Sales and Marketing at Townline. “As the city continues to evolve and evolve, we felt it was crucial to contribute to its continued development through this engaging work of art. Our hope is that Metrotown visitors and tourists walking along Hazel Street will see the installation and come to understand the enormous connection that this community has with its heritage and with our surrounding environment. “

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