The District of West Vancouver and Enhance West Van invite the community to welcome and celebrate the unveiling of Small World, a new public art project by North Shore artist Brent Comber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 5 p.m.
The project was funded by Enhance West Van through a donation from the Lalji family to benefit the community and enhance programs, services, and equipment at the West Vancouver Community Centre. One of the initiatives recommended by Enhance West Van and the Lalji family was to commission a piece of public art reflecting the essence of the community: nature, outdoors, family, and connection.
The District’s Public Art Advisory Committee, along with Enhance West Van, initiated an artist-call and after reviewing a number of submissions from across Canada, the Selection Panel commissioned Brent Comber. The art piece, Small World, is comprised of two monolithic western red cedar creatures born from urban salvage slated for redevelopment in Deep Cove and Horseshoe Bay. The two sculptures are nicknamed Mama and Baby, as they mirror the dynamic of parents bringing their children to the Community Centre, keeping an eye as they socialize. Their uncanny silhouettes stand tall creating a focal point for community interaction both interpersonally and with nature. The sculptures are intended to enliven children’s imaginations and encourage unstructured play. For adults, they are a talking point to connect and rediscover child-like curiosity and effortless inclusivity. Their peculiar appearance is a reminder of the wonder of nature and the value of acceptance for the unfamiliar. Brent Comber has a personal connection with this story, having raised his own children in West Vancouver, bringing them to the Community Centre to play.
Brent Comber is an artist and designer creating sculpted objects, functional pieces, and designed environments. Brent initially began working with wood as a garden designer in the early 1990’s, creating pieces to compliment his Pacific Rim inspired gardens. Using solid pieces of wood, he found a new take on design that truly integrated with the landscape. It is his interpretation of the natural world that drives Brent to create pieces that reflect the stories that surround him.
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