Did you know there are more than 50 public pieces of art to enjoy throughout Sechelt? Most people don’t, and that’s one reason why the District is planning free art tours for the public on Sept. 12 and 25.
The guided tours will focus on segments of the District’s public art collection, which consists of 13 pieces, and highlight the nearly 20 outdoor sculptures, paintings and murals located around the community. Participants will also tour some of the more than 30 different shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation totem poles in the area.
“These guided tours will give people a chance to see and learn more about artworks in their community. Some they may have never seen, and some they may pass by everyday and wonder what the story is behind the piece,” said Sechelt arts coordinator Siobhan Smith. “They’ll get to view both new and historic works, and hear the details about the artworks and the artists.”
Some artists will be on hand to talk about the pieces they’ve created.
While the tours are meant to raise awareness of the public artwork in Sechelt, they’re also a way to bring attention to the District’s new public art policy, Smith said.
“This is a fun way to let people know the District of Sechelt has officially adopted a public art program and policy to ensure that public art and community art projects are supported well into the future,” Smith said.
The upcoming tours are hoped to engage residents and educate them as well.
On Thursday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. there will be an outdoor public art tour where participants will visit at least six artworks including the Spirit Square sculpture, a shíshálh Nation totem pole and the new graffiti murals commissioned for the Sechelt skateboard park.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. participants will tour the indoor artworks on display in Sechelt. Within the municipal building alone there are eight works by local artists.
Tours are free, but limited to 10 people per group. To reserve your place contact Smith at 604-989-0804 or email ssmith@secheltca.
Participants of the indoor tour will meet local artists Greta Guzek and Gordon Halloran, who will each discuss their District-owned paintings. “For the outdoor tour, local sculptor George Pratt will join the walk and speak about his artwork located in our sculpture garden,” Smith added.