The City of New Westminster is pleased to welcome a new addition to its public art collection, Welcome to the Zoo by Vancouver-based artist, Nathan Lee. Comprised of four sets of deconstructed powder coated steel animals placed within raised planter beds, the artwork references the history of the former Queen’s Park Zoo. Visitors and users to the recently completed Sportsplex at Queen’s Park can enjoy the artwork from multiple perspectives as they sit and move through the unique plaza space near its entrance.
This timely installation explores the interesting relationship that early settlers had to wildlife and re-contextualizes it within our modern world. “With lockdowns across the globe, CO2 emissions have dropped off and nature has reintroduced itself into our cities. This is a unique time for reflection and a rare opportunity to reexamine our current relationship with the natural world,” said the artist.
For more information on the City of New Westminster public art program please visit www.newwestcity.ca/artservices