The architect and artist, who lives in West Vancouver, led the design team for EcoSoMo (Ecological Social Modules), which will be unveiled tonight (June 16).
Commissioned by the SFU Community Trust, EcoSoMo consists of 13 “futuristic yet primitive” sculptural clusters constructed from 50 pieces of concrete—in six modular shapes—fabricated by Szolyd Development. They run along University High Street between Tower Road and University Crescent.
“I’m a big believer in the strength of dense urban neighbourhoods and what they offer socially and ecologically,” Soules told the Georgia Straight by phone. “This project, in its subtle way, is trying to be a generator of that.”
Inspired by the Rosetta Stone of ancient Egypt, each concrete piece bears information about Burnaby Mountain in the Roman alphabet, braille, and pictographic lettering created by graphic designer Ross Chandler.
Two of the clusters—topped by a “plant volcano” and a bird bath—have ecological roles. One of the two social clusters forms a seat, while the other has recesses inviting the public to decorate it.