7 Must-See Statues in White Rock & South Surrey

Circulation by Pierre Sasseville and Jean-François Cooke Entrance

7 Must-See Statues in White Rock & South Surrey

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There’s no doubt that White Rock and South Surrey offer some of the most beautiful views in the province. However, the wonderful destinations don’t stop there. With both communities offering a variety of breathtaking public art, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite statues in White Rock and South Surrey below.

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Supernatural Eye

Supernatural Eye by Robert Davidson
Photo by Brian Giebelhaus

Standing at nearly 3 meters tall in the centre of Harvard Gardens, the Supernatural Eye is a magnificent piece. The use of negative space and bold reds make this statement sculpture hard to miss. Created by renowned Canadian artist Robert Davidson, the Supernatural Eye combines traditional Haida art concepts with contemporary themes. The inspiration for this piece came from the supernatural beings that live in Haida Gwaii. The Supernatural Eye is also the second portrayal of Davidson’s other piece in the National Gallery at Ottawa.

Artist

Robert Davidson

Address

Harvard Gardens (15168 33 Avenue, Surrey)

 

Totem Poles

Totem Poles
Photo by @mytwohanz via Instagram

Situated on East Beach, these two Totem Poles have towered over the White Rock promenade for nearly 20 years. This work of art was built to honour the long-standing relationship between the RCMP and Semiahmoo First Nation and signal their commitment to reconciliation. The two poles Ka’Kan and Gya ana, were built to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the RCMP.

Ka’Kan or the Coast Salish Housepost depict a large guardian figure, serving as a symbol of protection and representing the role of the RCMP in the community. Whereas, Gya ana or the Haida Pole is meant to tell visitors stories of the Semiahmoo people, showcasing their expansive culture. Furthermore, Gya ana represents Watch Men who care for the community, in a similar way to how the RCMP watch over the surrounding community. Serving as a work of art and symbol of mutual respect, Totem Pole Park is a must-see for any White Rock local or visitor.

Artist

Robert Davidson

Address

Marine Dr, White Rock, BC V4B 1E2

 

Circulation

Circulation by Cooke-Sasseville a sculpture

Circulation is a two-part art piece located on the newly built Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre. This piece integrates colourful water pipes and deer to reflect the dual purpose of the aquatic centre. The first component of Circulation is located at the entrance of the aquatic centre. Here, six life-sized deer emerge from colourful blue and red pipes with their horns intertwining. Thus, representing strength and competition the centre facilitates with its Olympic-sized pool and diving board.

To juxtapose the strong statement of the first piece, Circulation features another statue of a fawn drinking from a large faucet. In this case, the fawn depicts the youth and playfulness of the aquatic centre in the form of its the waterslide, spray area and lazy river. Leaning heavily on symbolism, this piece allows for many interpretations of its meaning.

Artist

Pierre Sasseville and Jean-François Cooke

Address

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre (16855 24 Avenue, Surrey)

 

Holes In The Sky  

Holes In The Sky Douglas Senft Public Statue

Holes In The Sky provides an alluring component to the otherwise busy city intersection. Providing a visual representation of the marine life in White Rock, Hole In The Sky represents the crashing waves of the nearby shoreline. Arching over passerbys, this massive statement structure also leaves behind beautiful shadows on the ground it’s situated on. Furthermore, this piece contrasts the industrial metal it’s made from and bustling location, with the free-flowing structure. The simplistic nature of this piece makes it the perfect photo-op for anyone.

Artist

Douglas Senft

Address

57841 Oxford St, White Rock

 

Ribbon

Ribbon South Surrey Recreation And Arts Centre

As the centrepiece of the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre, the Ribbon ties together the community’s emphasis on athletics and art into one beautiful piece. People of all ages and cultures use ribbons in their daily lives. Whether it’s used in Olympic rhythmic gymnastics or everyday arts and crafts, the lively fabric certainly resonates with many. In addition to symbolizing the intersection between physical movement and creative freedom, the Ribbon also honours the Semiahmoo First Nation by using their traditional colours. Furthermore, this intertwining piece completes a series of wide loops and twists, tracing the path of the historical Semiahmoo Trail. Lastly, the playful flow of the Ribbon encourages members of the community to walk through and under the structure.

Artist

Ruth Beer and Charlotte Wall

Address

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre (14601 20 Avenue, Surrey)

 

Infinity Cycle

In honour of the 37th Annual Tour de White Rock, the Infinity Cycle marks the newest addition to White Rock’s thriving art scene. Depicting a cycler riding an infinity sign, this structure symbolizes humankind’s tendency to move towards an infinite future. This stainless steel sculpture is located on the intersection of Marine Drive and Oxford Street, a key spot on the race route. This statue is especially breathtaking at night when lit by the LED lights scattered at its the base.

Artist

Hooman Mehdizadehjafari

Address

1160 Oxford St, White Rock

 

Rostrum

Rostrum by Gordon Huether

Constructed out of native cedar trees and stainless steel, this dome-like structure provides a number of different functions. From acting as a shelter to serving as a gathering place for members of the community, the Rostrum has demonstrated its flexibility as an art piece. Moreover, LED lights illuminate the large overarching pipes and provide a unique glow to an already eye-catching structure. The wooden planks also serve as a nod to the lumber site that originally occupied the area before being converted into a residential area.

Artist

Gordon Huether

Address

15154 Russell Ave, White Rock

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