MERGE (2022) Rebecca Bayer, 356m x 4m, Powder-coated Aluminum Acoustic Panels,
Trans-Canada Highway @ Keith Road, Lynnmour, District of North Vancouver, territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Commissioned by the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure and the District of North Vancouver.
MERGE features twenty naturalistic colours representing a selection of local flora, fauna and landmarks specific to the Lynnmour community and area. MERGE stands at 4m tall and spans 356m along the newly reconfigured section of the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1) between Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing and Lynn Creek.
The acoustic dampening sound wall lies between the highway and the residential neighbourhood of Lynnmour, including Lynnmour Xá7elcha Elementary School. The colourful powder-coated aluminum panels have been carefully configured to produce a giant site-specific spectrum designed to be viewed by both passing traffic and residents in nearby communities.
- BANANA SLUG
- BLACK BEAR
- COAST PENSTEMON
- DOUGLAS FIR
- DOUGLAS SQUIRREL
- FLY AGARIC
- LICORICE FERN
- LYNN CREEK
- MOUNT SEYMOUR
- NOOTKA ROSE
- NORTH SHORE MOUNTAINS
- NORTHERN FLICKER
- PACIFIC CHORUS FROG
- RED-BACKED SALAMANDER
- RICE LAKE
- SPINY WOOD FERN
- STELLER’S JAY
- TWIN FALLS
The Maple Ridge Community Mosaic has been designed to fit in three different locations at the newly renovated Leisure Centre: reception, the gathering area, and beside the pool shower – covering 410 square feet total. The Maple Ridge Community Mosaic celebrates the Leisure Centre as an important social hub. Following a consistent equilateral grid, the tiles are laid out into hundreds of unique geometric patterns which have been arranged by colour within a rhythm of diagonal bands. Symbolically, triangles represent the strongest natural shape. Any added force is evenly spread through all three sides and then distributed outward to neighbouring triangles. Like cells and crystals, and individuals within a community, each triangle gains even greater strength when they are organized together with other individuals to form a greater whole.
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.
‘The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts’ is inspired by the vibrant communities that merge together every day at Sherbourne station. The design of each panel was created by blending together different patterns collected from local public workshops. The 39 mosaics located throughout the station welcome commuters in the universal languages of colour and geometry. The twelve distinct colours of ceramic tiles reference the bold palette of Tom Thomson, the renowned Canadian landscape painter who once had a studio in the Rosedale Ravine nearby.
The Sherbourne Station Community Mosaic public artwork was commissioned by the Toronto Transit Commission as part of the Easier Access and Second Exit Program.
The Pacific Northwest’s iconic Douglas Fir tree was chosen as an emblem for the face of the new Lightworks building because the original structure was built almost entirely out of this local natural resource. Douglas Fir was harvested from the Vancouver area and milled locally on the shores of False Creek and Burrard Inlet. Lumber from these trees was the primary construction material for many local buildings across the city and around the region.
At 71′ tall, ‘Giant’ represents a juvenile Douglas Fir tree, standing at the approximate height a real Douglas Fir might be in 2018, had it started from seed when the Lightworks building was first built in 1942. The name ‘Giant’ plays with the notion of scale as this species of tree living on the BC coast can grow 4-5 times larger than this (up to 350′ tall), and can live for over 400 years. ‘Giant’ is a reminder of our position in time and space amongst the environment that surrounds us.
Commission by PC Urban
Art Consultation by Ballard Fine Art
‘Whereness’ connects the past to the present, continually unfolding as we move through space and time. The sculpture acknowledges the practice of piling rocks at certain points along pathways to guide travelers crossing the landscape. This simple custom is still common across cultures around the world.
‘Whereness’ provides a tactile link between the area’s geological past and its current state. The bottom boulder of the sculpture is a granite glacial erratic, deposited at this address thousands of years ago as a huge ice sheet receded up the Fraser Valley. This very boulder was scanned and replicated six times, then stacked to form a visual puzzle. Read more…
The 4.8m x 2.4m mosaic mural is located in the Community Room of the new Calder Branch of the Edmonton Public Library. It is visible from the library’s forecourt.
The mosaic design is based on tessellating patterns within a grid of equilateral triangles, inspired by new and traditional patterns that were contributed by local residents at workshops held around the Calder neighbourhood in Spring 2016. The final blended pattern represents the interdependence of parts within a whole. Triangles have been used in patterns across cultures for millennia and patterned tile layouts have been used in public spaces to indicate use, provide way-finding, add beauty, encourage social interaction and offer inspiration. Geometrically, equilateral triangles provide many shape and pattern possibilities; they can create both linear and radial patterns, and can be arranged into hexagons, stars, diamonds, zig-zags, curves, and other shapes.
City Fabric is a project by Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Bayer and artist/architect Matthew Soules, commissioned with 221A Gallery and Burrard Arts Foundation in cooperation with the City of Vancouver. The installation is made up of construction safety netting, a material designed for temporary use that has become iconic in Vancouver—a city that since the 1980s has been under intensive real estate speculation and development. Typically used to protect passersby from construction hazards, ten sections of the netting (amounting to 800 lineal feet) have been stretched between the concrete piers of the Burrard Street Bridge. City Fabric cherishes the temporary permanence of construction debris netting; beautiful, impoverished for its utilitarian use, yet profoundly normal. (text: Brian McBay, curator 221A Gallery)
Location: City of Richmond, BC
Completed: September 2015
Motif of One and Many explores the idea of a community as the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The colourful grid of tessellating triangles covers the floor in a new community centre and considers individuals and groups who have come together to form complex new relationships. Research conducted at the City of Richmond Archives inspired a layout that echoes ancient motifs and acknowledges the city’s cultural diversity. The word ‘motif’ commonly refers to ‘a repeated theme or pattern,’ a term used in visual arts, textile arts, and folklore. The origin of the word ‘motif’ also refers to ‘a motive,’ as in ‘that which inwardly moves a person’.
Location: Burnaby Gallery Off-site at Metrotown, BC.
Presented as an offsite project for the Burnaby Art Gallery, KIOSK is a temporary installation at Civic Square, Bob Prittie Library, Metrotown, that played host to a series of unique public art projects in Summer 2013.