New Westminster – The City of New Westminster has commissioned artists Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew to bring a new public artwork to the city’s riverfront. Birds on a Branch is located on the Front Street Parkade, and depicts a flock of songbirds resting on branches.
“New Westminster has always supported local artists, our creative sectors, and worked to elevate our city’s reputation as a leading arts and cultural destination,” stated Mayor Johnathan X. Coté. “As we look toward fulfilling New Westminster’s Riverfront Vision, which aims to connect people to the riverfront Birds on a Branch serves as a unique and exciting destination which will draw residents and visitors alike.”
A playful counterpoint to the industrial façade of the Front Street Parkade, Birds on a Branch is a lighthearted, gentle, and colourful artwork woven into the chain-link of the parkade. The chain-link fence canvas is approximately 660 feet long x 25 feet high, making it one of the largest public art installations in the region.
“The City of New Westminster has been working towards transformation of our riverfront over the past few years and this art installation is an important part in bringing back a sense of place and creativity to an area of our downtown that has been overlooked for years.” said Mary Trentadue, City Councillor and member of the Public Art Advisory Committee. “I am very proud to see this project realized and look forward to this flock of birds joining the neighbourhood.”
Please join city staff for the official public opening of Birds on a Branch on July 7 at 5:00pm at the Front Street Mews as part of the inaugural Fridays on Front event.
Office of the CAO, City of New Westminster