Coquitlam 125 Salmon Project

Artist Jody Broomfield with a salmon sculpture prior to it being paintedMedia

Fabricated from reinforced composite fibreglass, the sculptures are over 6 feet tall, 5.5 feet deep and 1.5 feet wide.

Artist

Jody Broomfield

Location

Twelve salmon sculptures are installed at various locations within the City of Coquitlam.

Date

2016

Statement of Significance

Salmon are an integral part of Coquitlam’s story. Coquitlam’s name is derived from the Kwikwetlem term for "small red salmon," from the days when the Coquitlam River was thick with sockeye salmon. They were also an important food source for early residents (First Nations and European alike), and in modern times, their continuing presence in our local rivers is an important reminder of the nature around us.

Background

In keeping with the Coquitlam 125 vision "Stories told, stories to be created," 12 artists were selected from among 41 submissions to decorate the sculptures. The salmon sculptures, with their completed artwork, were unveiled July 23 and 24 at the Kaleidoscope arts festival, a signature Coquitlam 125 event. They were then permanently installed in high traffic locations throughout the community as a legacy of Coquitlam 125. The project was funded by corporate partners and community sponsors.

Salmon Sculpture Locations & Artist Details

  1. Blue Mountain Park
  2. City Hall
  3. Como Lake Park
  4. Coquitlam Crunch
  5. Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch
  6. Cottonwood Park
  7. LaFarge Lake
  8. Mackin Park
  9. Mundy Park
  10. Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex
  11. Victoria Park

Dennis Creighton’s Salmon

About the Artist

A graduate of Capilano University’s IDEA Program (illustration and graphic design) and Studio Art Program, Creighton’s illustrations have appeared in a number of publications and his mural adorns the east wall of Lonsdale Quay.

C2SI Visual Communications, Inc. Website

Location

975 King Albert Avenue | King Albert Avenue and Porter Street

Description

His design is a series of images depicting the creation, discovery and growth of Coquitlam, with imagery such as the river, migrating salmon, First Nations and French Canadians.

Sponsored By

Austin Height Business Improvement Association

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