Connections (Wood Street Pump Station)

"The pump station helps manage water levels in the Queensborough neighbourhood and is located on the bank of the Fraser River’s north arm, directly beside the Queensborough bridge and at the end of the Wood Street canal.

The aim of this project is to improve vital urban infrastructure and integrate the infrastructure more closely with the local neighbourhood. The public art components include various sculptural elements: water level markers on both the river side and the canal side, bird and bee habitat for local species, a vibrant colour scheme for the pump station facility, way-finding ‘caps’  for existing mooring piles, and the creative use of a metal screen that provides security and visual appeal by blending into the landscape.

In collaboration with architects, landscape architects, engineers, and City officials, the public art here responds to the local river, land masses, flora and fauna, urban infrastructure and recreational pathways, including the Experience The Fraser regional route." Rebecca Bayer

About the artist:

Rebecca Bayer is a Vancouver-based artist and architectural designer concerned with relationships between people, material, and atmospheric conditions within lived space. Bayer pursues this theme through public art, architecture, urban design, as well as research and teaching. She has recently worked on projects with 221A Artist Run Centre, City of Burnaby, City of Richmond, and the City of North Vancouver. Rebecca is co-director of spacemakeplace design, an art and design studio based in Vancouver. Bayer holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK. Bayer teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

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Rebecca Bayer
Installation year:
Site work
Primary materials:
wood, metal
435 Wood Street, New Westminster