Wood Street Pump Station – Public Art Consultation
The City of New Westminster selected Rebecca as the public art consultant for the Wood Street Pump Station upgrade (2019). The pump station helps manage water levels in the Queensborough neighbourhood and is located on the bank of the Fraser River’s north arm, directly beside the Queensborough bridge and at the end of the Wood Street canal.
The aim of this project is to improve vital urban infrastructure and integrate the infrastructure more closely with the local neighbourhood. The public art components include various sculptural elements: water level markers on both the river side and the canal side, bird and bee habitat for local species, a vibrant colour scheme for the pump station facility, way-finding ‘caps’ for existing mooring piles, and the creative use of a metal screen that provides security and visual appeal by blending into the landscape.
In collaboration with architects, landscape architects, engineers, and City officials, the public art here responds to the local river, land masses, flora and fauna, urban infrastructure and recreational pathways, including the Experience The Fraser regional route.