Public Art

The Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan, endorsed by Council on October 14, 2014, aims to reflect and enhance the unique services and programs offered in the Minoru Centre for Active Living and the surrounding Civic Precinct.

Two of the major commissions outlined in the plan are currently underway:

Minoru Complex Entries and Arrivals

Your Minoru Public Art

The Richmond Public Art Program is seeking an artist or artist team to create a site-responsive artwork for the entry and arrival zone of the new Minoru Centre for Active Living.

View the Call to Artists at Call to Artists. Deadline to apply is Thursday August 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. PST.

If you would like to learn more about the new Minoru Centre for Active Living, click here.

Aquatics Commission

Errant Rain Cloud by Germaine Koh and Gordon Hicks is a whimsical white cloud that will hang above the leisure pool in the new Minoru Centre for Active Living. The public artwork will mimic the natural atmospheric rain cycle and will periodically produce a gentle rainfall for pool users to enjoy. As an experiential artwork, Errant Rain Cloud will remind us of the natural cycles that surround us.

Community engagement through public art

The Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan recommends several opportunities for community public artwork and programming during the construction and post-completion stages of the Minoru Centre for Active Living.

Minoru Complex Community Art Project

The construction site fencing or “hoarding” was identified as an opportunity for artists to work with the community in creating artwork to animate the Minoru Centre for Active Living site. Two artists were selected to implement community public art projects responding to the theme of “Past, Present and Future”. Community contributions
were incorporated by the artists to create digitally printed banners to cover 400 linear feet of construction hoarding along the east perimeter of the Minoru Centre for Active Living development site facing the Minoru track. In total, over the summer, 14 workshops were held, at community events, at the Richmond Art Gallery, in Minoru Park, in the Minoru Aquatic Centre lounge and at the Minoru Place Activity Centre.

What's your Minoru story?

Responding to the theme of “Past”, artist Caroline Elise Dyck led a series of free hands-on workshops at various locations around the Minoru Civic Precinct and Richmond’s City Centre. Through this project, community members of all ages were invited to share their Minoru experiences in just six words. Participants added sketches and explanations as another layer to their stories. More than 120 memoirs in five languages were submitted and hundreds more memories were verbally shared at workshops. Each memoir was then digitally reconstructed as a graphic inspired by the author’s message.
Media lab: my place for exploring

Media lab: my place for exploring

The wonderful people in the media lab have introduced her to multiple ways to express herself through digital media.

Anonymous

I first started skating right here

I first started skating right here

Anya



My first time swimming was fun

My first time swimming was fun

Sarah

Enjoy, fun, learn, activities, new friends, happy

Enjoy, fun, learn, activities, new friends, happy

Whenever Wayra goes to the swimming pool, she makes new friends and learns a lot in her swimming classes. She enjoys making new friends and learning.

Wayra Ibranim



Cheerful faces win the races

Cheerful faces win the races

Aadil overcame a fear of swimming at Minoru Aquatic Centre

Aadil Sood

I love drawing and making new friends.

I love drawing and making new friends.

Angela



Modeling the Future

Responding to the theme of “Future”, artist Rhonda Weppler led a series of free hands-on workshops to engage community members to sculpt objects, portraits or figures that represent activities that are anticipated to take place in and around the new Minoru Centre for Active Living. Workshops featured a variety of themes and techniques – sculpt your soccer legs out of air dry clay, sculpt a tiny pool toy or sneaker, sculpt your hand holding an object to represent a game/hobby, etc. Through this project, community members were invited to imagine themselves in the future at the new Minoru Centre for Active Living. Using a variety of clays, over 200 individual sculptures were created by participants. The final product is a reflection of the diversity and creativity of the people of Richmond. People of all ages, from children to seniors, contributed to this artwork.

For further information on the Public Art Program visit richmond.ca/publicart or contact publicart@richmond.ca