Kinship connects 6 sculptures that make up Oak Bay Arts Alive – Oak Bay News


The epitome of kinship is on display as art begins to sprout around Oak Bay.

The eighth annual Arts Alive Sculpture Walk features a smaller slate than usual, with six works dotting the landscape and many already in place.

The call for artists came a little late, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive, said Andrea Pass, acting arts and culture programmer at Oak Bay.

This year’s theme is kinship, and it describes the number and quality of works that have arrived as magical. A jury selection left six in the running this year.

Natural Connections, by Andrea Fritz, will be held near Estevan Avenue and Cadboro Bay Road. Painted and carved on vivid wood planks, it shows how native West Coast plants and animals connect to each other and the environment.

Peter Vogelaar’s Metamorphosis – a Ukrainian concrete and mosaic foster doll – stands on Oak Bay Avenue at Hampshire Road with Pushed to the Edge landing just across The Avenue. Ken Meyers’ bronze and concrete figurative work depicts a woodland caribou poised cautiously on the edge of a cliff.

Also in the village, Oak Bay Library Gardens is home to Samantha Dickie’s To Stand as One – a turned and carved ceramic sculpture with embedded lifelines.

Vordr is a semi-abstract polymer and gypsum figure by Frances Semple and finds a home in Haynes Park for the season.

Copper Finch by Erick James is a powder coated steel origami sculpture of a songbird. Billed as the quiet anticipation of hope, it overlooks McNeill Bay.

Arts Alive sculptures are on loan to the community and this year all are available for purchase. Installation costs, including signage that shares information about the work and the artist, are mostly covered by local commercial sponsors.

Oak Bay officially unveils the Arts Alive Sculpture Walk on August 11, but Pass expects maps to be available in mid-July for self-guided walking tours.

In keeping with tradition, viewers can also vote online for their favorite sculpture – named Peoples’ Choice at the end of the season. Full project details, including a downloadable map showing artwork locations, sponsors and voting information, will be available online at /artsalive The temporary public art exhibit was originally conceived by Oak Bay’s inaugural arts laureate, Barbara Adams, to create a permanent audience legacy. Oak Bay now has 13 permanent sculptures, a mural and a series of painted pianos placed throughout the community for public play.

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