Photo provided by the City of Richmond
They’re hard to miss. Electric blue and
inviting, Becki Chan and Milos Begovic’s installation entitled Meander offers a
treat for the eyes as it undulates across the Richmond City Hall Plaza. Meander
also offers a place to rest your weary clogs. It’s art not only you can sit on,
it’s art you are supposed to sit on it.
According to city spokesperson Ted Townsend, “Designed for public seating in multiple configurations for a variety of uses, these 21 unique and moveable units are part of the 2017 Canada 150 Public Art legacy project. Meander was commissioned by the City of Richmond to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. These seating units are designed to activate public spaces and support the City’s annual major events and outdoor public programs.”
Based in Vancouver, artist-designer Becki Chan’s work ranges from jewelry-making to site-specific design installations and public art. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary.
Milos Begovic is an architect and a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and a working architect, his professional practice includes a broad interest in activating urban public spaces.
According to Townsend, “As a collaborative art and design duo, their work attempts to interpret and respond to cultural, historical and architectural identity of a place using a design language that is influenced by minimalism and the repetitive use of simple elements. Their work often aims to engage visitors in a playful and open-ended experience, inviting participants to question the relationship between art and functional design.”
The artists’ statement says, “Evoking the qualities of water, through shape and colour, the roto-molded and lightweight plastic design is inspired by the Fraser River’s winding paths that define Lulu Island and the Fraser Delta.”
If you miss your chance to see these works, much less part yourself on part of Meander while they are outside city hall, you can find them at Minoru Park for World Fest, Aug 31 to Sept 1.
Townsend says, “Following the festival, the benches will be located in the Richmond Cultural Centre and City Hall Plazas.”