City of Kamloops – Community Confluence Public Art Installation

City of Kamloops – Community Confluence Public Art Installation


the name of the piece is called
Community Confluence and I want to have something that showcased Kamloops and
the natural beauty that we have here I’ve done quite a few mosaics some up to
100 feet long but this one’s 300 feet by 30 feet. The main sort of star of the
show is the the confluence of the north and the south Thompson rivers which wrap
around the parkade and then behind that we’ve got 80,000 tiles of many different
colors that represent residents of Kamloops together they form sort of
community groups and and that was kind of the idea with having all the
different colors and shapes of tiles it’s very inclusionary you know people
come in different shapes and sizes and colors so that was represented in the artwork. We’ve got 61 different versions of aluminum tile that go into this piece
some of them are anodized which maintain that real metallic shiny look those are
the ones that are used for the river and they they actually swing in the wind so
they’re kinetic they move it’s a lot of work I think we started working on the
tiles almost a full year of actually just prepping to get to the stage where
we were ready to install we’ve had some really good feedback from the people who
saw it going up I don’t think a day went by when we didn’t get you know a couple
people honk or no horns and giving the thumbs-up or a good job that sort of
thing so it was really gratifying to have that feedback it’s been a very good
experience. Public art is known to sort of be one of those factors that
increases the livability of a city so I think by making the city more
interesting and livable you’re gonna draw people in and people are going want to live here and visit here

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