The SFU Community Trust celebrated a new addition to its public art program in the UniverCity neighbourhood on Tuesday evening (June 20) with the unveiling of a new work by Vancouver artist Holly Ward.
Ward’s installation piece, entitled Cosmic Chandelier, is a reflective glass chandelier with futuristic design elements that’s modelled after the formal structure of Orion’s belt.
The work reflects light in unique interpretations throughout the day, and is intended to bridge the gap between the public street and private interior of the CentreBlock, along the University High Street that forms the hub of the developing neighbourhood. Cosmic Chandelier's changing refractions and timeless architecture are meant to force onlookers to stop and consider their place in this shared space.
As an artist Ward has worked in interdisciplinary media like sculpture, video, architecture, drawing, and installation, producing works that examine the role aesthetics play in forming social realities.
Ward’s piece joins other works in the ARTWALK program that integrates public art into developed land in the residential community on Burnaby Mountain, adjacent to SFU's campus. ARTWALK also includes works by Devon Knowles, Matthew Soules, Warren Brubacher, Brent Comber, Bruce Voyce, Erica Stocking, Amanda Epp, and Kevin Sandgren.