Arts & Culture

‘The Great Blue Heron’ lands in Hamilton

By Don Fennell

Published 3:08 PDT, Wed June 5, 2019

Last Updated: 3:40 PDT, Tue July 2, 2019

An enduring symbol of Richmond has landed in Hamilton.

An enduring symbol of Richmond has landed in Hamilton.

Reflecting Lulu Island’s rich, natural heritage, and a native species of the region, homage is being paid to “The Great Blue Heron” in a new public artwork in the neighbourhood.

Artists Donald Gunn and Bryn Finer will be on hand for an official celebration during Hamilton Night Out on June 21. One of the community centre’s biggest events of the year. The celebration, from 6:30 p.m. at MacLean Neighbourhood Park, 22500 McLean Ave., also brings families together for an evening of carnival games, activities and food. A movie in the park will cap the celebration.

Based on Salt Spring Island, the artists were inspired by collaborating with residents of all ages at the Hamilton Community Centre and elementary school in a series of workshops, which also served to raise awareness of the region’s native wildfire. Project costs were funded equally by the Hamilton Community Association and the City of Richmond’s developer-funded Public Art Program Reserve Fund.

The heron’s continued presence relies on clean rivers, places where it can hunt undisturbed, plentiful food sources and safe places to nest. This artwork aims to remind us of how we can all do our part to protect the environment for future generations to enjoy.

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