PROJECTS IN PROGRESS: New Westminster Public Library

Rain Pierre
The New Westminster Public Library was recently renovated to address the aging infrastructure and the growing and changing library services demands. Over 250,000 people were visiting the library every year, borrowing over 600,000 items, with a greater diversity in the use of library spaces and community needs.  The much-needed renovations resulted in facility infrastructure, building performance and systems upgrades such as replacement of all HVAC ducting and accessibility upgrades to washrooms and public areas.  In addition, public space improvements include a new technology learning centre, a quiet study and meeting room, a dedicated teen space, expanded seating capacity, and more efficient public service desks.
Through the City of New Westminster’s Public Art Policy, funding was set aside to include a public art project. A Call to Artist was issued in 2022 seeking a professional artist or artist team to create an artwork in any medium with a maximum total budget of $50,000, plus GST. Individual artists or artist teams/collectives working in any medium and who are at various stages of their careers may apply. Local artist, Rain Pierre was the selected by a selection panel through a one stage process.
The artist is currently developing his concept for the Library. An artist talk was held at Library in May 2023 to introduce artist to the community.
A competition seeking artistic submissions from the community will inform the final project. Submissions are due June 26, 2023. Find details here.
Completion of project is planned for end of 2023.