Visit to The Grove Inspires Public Art Piece

The City of Surrey has announced the artist and artwork that has been commissioned for the Newton Recreation Centre!

Artist Sean Alward was chosen as the artist to design the frit pattern artwork for the glazing of the expanded Newton Recreation Centre. As part of the selection process, Sean was invited to explore the theme of “Weaving Communities Together” to come up with the design.

Sean’s design was inspired by a visit to The Grove. According to the City’s announcement:

“His design uses a fern frond with a leaflet captured in each pane of glass. The film strip reference of the design, with its cropped images arranged in successive frames, acknowledges the paradox of representing both continuity and flux within the community. The ferns are resilient plants in Newton, a place which has been urbanized yet is still home for these ancient living species.”

Sean Alward has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. Since 2002, he has exhibited in solo and group shows at numerous galleries across the Lower Mainland. You can learn more about Sean’s work here.

Stay tuned for future announcements about the installation of this artwork, including (we hope!) a chance to meet Sean and learn about the artistic process behind this work.

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