If you’re a fan of public art, Surrey is the place to be. The city is peppered with over 60 installations of art work in a variety of mediums like sculptures, murals, and digital creations. But did you know a big percentage of those art works are pieces of Indigenous art? There are even more pieces being commissioned in the future, so to kick off your discovery of Surrey’s public art, here are our top 5 pieces of Indigenous art that can be seen no matter what time of day! To check out all of Surrey’s public art pieces, or to read more about the significance and artists of the works below, please click here.
1) Water Guardians
Susan Point’s sculpture can be found in Hazelgrove Park, East Clayton’s newest park. The piece is inspired by water, a theme that connects to the park itself. The umbrella is intricately stylised with frogs that sit on the ‘lily pad’ or the canopy of the umbrella, created from Coast Salish iconography to represent the past, present, and future.
7080 190 Street, Cloverdale
2) Eagle Calling
With a combination of bold colour, contemporary aesthetic and traditional visual iconography of Haida art, Eagle Calling by Robert Davidson is not only visually stunning, but inspires strength and gives us a glimpse of the spirit world. Standing in Frank Hurt Park and measuring almost three meters tall, this is a a magnificent piece that has a grand feel.
13828 77 Avenue, Newton
3) Continuum: From Seed to Shelter
Following along the contours of the greenway in Green Timbers Urban Park are a series of six sculptures mounted on 12-foot cedar poles. Drawing from his mixed aboriginal heritage and background working in fisheries and forestry, artist Eric Robertson honours the ecology of Green Timbers and pays homage to the western cedar with his sculptures.
Green Timbers Greenway, adjacent to Fraser Highway, southeast of 96 Avenue, North Surrey
4) Surrey Columbian Centennial Totem Pole
Standing at the grounds of the old City Hall, and one of Surrey’s first pieces of public art, Surrey Columbian Centennial Totem Pole was carved by John Edward Neel, and was erected to preserve the art and legends of the Salish peoples. The pole features four figures; eagle, bear beaver, and frog (from top to bottom), and is one of four poles in the series located in Metro Vancouver.
14245 56 Avenue, Newton
5) Under the Double Eagle and Elder Moon
As a representation of Semiahmoo Coast Salish Culture’s link with other First Nations and Surrey community, Under the Double Eagle and Elder Moon symbolises friendship. These sculptures created by brothers Leonard and Leslie Wells allude to traditional Coast Salish spindle whorls.
20 Avenue and 144 Street, South Surrey
*All Photo credits: City of Surrey