Birds, Bird Houses, fish, Cats, and nest like structures for Site 01
Emphasis on recycled and found objects, durability and fun.
Hamilton Child Care Centre Public Art Project (Richmond, BC, Canada)
Hamilton Child Care Centre Public Art Project
We are a father and son team and have created several large scale sculptures for public spaces in the past. We have a proven record of working with city staff and engineers and are registered with work safe BC and carry insurance. All our projects have been completed on time and on budget.
We would like to propose a combination of a 2D and 3D design for this project, providing a whole new range of possibilities of interaction with the visitors and the children.
Our design would feature a multiple series of Stainless Steel, whimsical birds, bird houses, fish and cats that would rest on one and a half inch, slightly wavy shaped, stainless steel poles attached to the outside fence.
These would rise up into the space “above” each fence areas. (Site 01 sections of fence.)
The artwork would be enjoyed from both sides of the fence which we feel presents a whole new dimension to the work.
Technically this would raise the height of the fence and so we would be applying for a variance permit. We do not foresee a problem getting a variance on the fence height.
Each pole would have stainless steel branch like shapes and large spoons attached and other found objects to create a sense of leaves or stems and patterns against the wood fence.
The idea would be to provide a stimulating series of images that catch the eyes of both the young and the old. Each section of fence area would have a theme of either birds, birdhouses, fish, cats, and simple nest like, tangled structures.
An emphasis would be placed on using recycled stainless steel spoons, forks, bowls, nuts, bolts, chain,
musical instruments etc. Final designs of each would depend on available found objects.
There would be 26 structures in total.
The “Main sculptures” (13 pieces) would be comprised of either a bird, a birdhouse, a fish, or a cat.
The “Backdrop Filler sculptures” would be nest like , tangled structures. ( simple bundles of steel whimsical shapes). The backdrop filler sculptures would add high visual and artistic value to the overall design and yet be simple enough to allow us to provide a significant eye catching impact for a large area and yet still stay within the limited budget of ten thousand dollars.
These structures (birdhouses, etc) would be approximately two feet tall plus the height of the poles. Total height would be discussed with everyone.The artwork would be enjoyed from both sides of the fence which we feel gives a whole new dimension to the work.
The three smaller width fence areas would each have three “Main Sculptures” and three “backdrop filler sculptures”.
The single widest fence area would have four “Main Sculptures” and four “backdrop filler sculptures”.
Materials: Stainless steel, with large emphasis on found stainless steel objects, such as kettles, stainless steel water supply lines, copper lines, providing a permanent art installation with no maintenance required.
Each structure will have exaggerated shapes and visually effective textures to add visual interest, such as holes drilled into the surface, ribbons of steel for the contours to define shapes, the use of wavy panels, spoons, forks, found stainless steel objects, shredded stainless steel shavings from recycled lathe cuttings, acorn head bolts, screws, multiple layers of steel sheets etc etc.
All structures would be designed to be visually stimulating when viewed from either side of the fence.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Deryk Houston and Samuel Houston
250 598 9908