We Acknowldege

Submitted by Adam Kuby

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Client: City of Victoria BC / Jawl Properties

Location: Victoria , BC, Canada

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $220,000

Project Team

Client

Robert Jawl

Jawl Properties

Landscape Architect

Derek Lee

PWL Partnership Landscape Architects

Overview

Granite, 32” h. x variable. Three sculptures composed of stone slabs paired with an exact equal weight of boulders inhabit a new public space for the BC Parliament. A statement acknowledging that we are gathered on indigenous territory is engraved in the paving as a well as a “welcome statement” in the language of the Lekwungen First Nation people. Maps engraved on the tops of the slabs show the Victoria BC region, pre-European contact, & today.

Goals

The artwork elements create moments for sitting, gathering, reflection and passive play for this very public space in downtown Victoria, and were carefully considered regarding use, circulation and relationship with the surrounding architecture.

Process

Worked closely with the Lekwungen First Nations community of the Victoria region to craft a project that reflects their community and history. Also worked closely with the landscape architect and client on the work's integration.