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Public art projects in the plans for New Westminster

Where can you find public art (now and in the future) in New West?
Queens park public art
Welcome to the Zoo is a recent addition to the City of New Westminster's public art inventory - with more to come.

An interactive LED installation on the façade of New Westminster City Hall is planned for May 2023.

The temporary installation, which will be created by North Vancouver-based artist Emilie Crewe, will reference the City of New Westminster’s response to the province’s request for submissions on police reform. A report to council states community engagement will take place over the coming months to refine the concept.

The installation is one of several public art projects being planned for New Westminster. Other projects, outlined in a recent update to council about the city’s public art program, include:

* A large-scale sculpture referencing traditional Coast Salish design motifs and the Glenbrook Ravine will be on the grounds of the new təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre, next to the main entrance. It is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2023.

* Artwork for two crosswalks on the Agnes Greenway, near Qayqayt Elementary School. They’re set to be installed in the summer or fall of 2022.

* Street banners that are designed to enliven the urban realm. They’ll be installed in June 2022.

* A “lens-based artist” will be commissioned to do a project on the glass façade of the Anvil Centre, as part of the Capture Photography Festival. An artist will be selected in the fall, and the work is planned for installation as part of the festival that’s taking place throughout Metro Vancouver in April 2023.

* A series of small sculptures and painted horizontal and vertical surfaces are planned for the area surrounding the Boundary Road drainage pump station in Queensborough. Installation will be timed to coincide with the completion of the construction project.

The city’s website includes a registry of existing (and some past) public art pieces in New West, including Welcome to the Zoo, the Puddle Jumper, the tin soldier and Wait for Me Daddy. It also includes self-guided tours you can take of public art in the downtown and on the waterfront.