Saanich Council have approved funding for the installation of a juried work of art in connection with the 2014 reconstruction of the Craigflower Bridge. The theme for the competition was “bridging perspectives.” A request for submissions was made in January of this year, with twenty pieces reviewed by the Jury. The Jury was comprised of artists, an art curator, community representative and a Saanich staff representative. Submissions were rated on a set criteria.
The winning work was submitted by artist Blake Williams – a Vancouver based artist who’s pieces are installed in several Western Canadian cities. He specializes in kiln-fired ceramic porcelain and glass – merging colour, imagery and text.
Part of Blake’s concept for the competition is to engage the community in his research for the imagery and text. Blake will have studio photos available on his website during the construction of the artwork, so that people may check on the work in progress.
The piece is intended to be completed and installed by October of 2015.