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Local artist adds colour and education to Hoy Creek Hatchery

A lifecycle mural on the wall of our Capilano trough room. Artwork by Patricia Gaspar

A lifecycle mural on the wall of our Capilano trough room. Artwork by Patricia Gaspar

Local artist, Patricia Gaspar,  has been most generous with her talents as it relates to the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society.  

Our salmon hatchery facility in Coquitlam boasts several pieces and installations created by Ms. Gaspar in a variety of mediums, most of which are permanent fixtures, all enjoyed by the community still to this day.

A painting by Patricia Gaspar of the Hoy Creek Hatchery adorns our office wall.

A painting by Patricia Gaspar of the Hoy Creek Hatchery adorns our office wall.

Herartwork was created between 2009 and 2013 and includes:

  • A pastel of the hatchery building, which is a prominent landmark along Hoy Trail Linear Park
  • A large paper mache coho salmon which hangs above our capilano trough which houses baby salmon during the winter/spring
  • The walls and bench in our capilano trough room also feature her artwork depicting the salmon throughout its life cycle in a mural format
  • And most prominent are the metal salmon pieces that adorn the open-air area above the rearing pond, where our young salmon live from summer through to spring.

The Hoy-Scott Watershed Society executive would highly recommend Patricia Gaspar for any art projects, in particular those that benefit the community.  Visit the artist's website HERE.

A huge paper mache coho salmon by Patricia Gaspar hangs in our Capilano trough room

High above the rearing pond by Hoy Creek is two prominent metal art fixtures by Patricia Gaspar.

High above the rearing pond by Hoy Creek is two prominent metal art fixtures by Patricia Gaspar.

Artist Patricia Gaspar works on a bench at Hoy Creek Hatchery

Artist Patricia Gaspar works on a bench at Hoy Creek Hatchery

Coquitlam to launch Salmon Art Project for 125th anniversary

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Artist Information Session Slated for February 15th

COQUITLAM, BC – Artists seeking broad exposure and the challenge of a three-dimensional canvas are being invited to decorate one of a dozen large salmon sculptures to be installed around Coquitlam later this year.

Part of the Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations this year, the sculptures will be adorned with designs reflecting the city’s past, present or future and then installed permanently in prominent locations around the community.

Up to 12 artists or artist teams are now being sought to decorate the fibreglass sculptures, which will stand 5’6” high and 6’ wide prior to mounting, and be fabricated by award-winning Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield. Artists submitting proposals for the Salmon Project should outline they will use the salmon sculpture form as a canvas to tell our community’s story. Each artist or team will receive a project budget of $1,600 and must complete their work between April 22 and July 8.

Interested artists are invited to attend a project information session on February 15th, at 7 p.m. in the Fraser Room of the Innovation Centre, 1207 Pinetree Way.

Artist proposals will be accepted until March 15 based on the Request for Proposals document posted at www.coquitlam.ca/BidOpportunities.

The sculptures will be unveiled at the Kaleidoscope arts festival July 23 and 24, a signature Coquitlam 125 event, and will be installed permanently later in the year at high-traffic sites including City Hall, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam Public Library, the Coquitlam Crunch and several parks.

Why salmon?

Coquitlam’s name is derived from the Kwikwetlem term for “red fish up the river,” from the days when the Coquitlam River was thick with sockeye salmon. The sockeye disappeared after the construction of a dam in the early 1900s, but nearly a century later, the Kwikwetlem people, working with local stakeholder groups, have successfully brought the sockeye back to spawn in the Coquitlam River.

Chosen for their historical significance, salmon will become eye-catching works of art that illustrate Coquitlam’s past, present and future, in keeping with the Coquitlam 125 vision Stories told – stories to be created.

Sponsorship opportunities

Corporate partners and community sponsors are also being sought to support the salmon art project. Sponsorship rewards will include plaques, publicity and an opportunity to help create a lasting art legacy for the community.

Visit www.coquitlam125.ca/salmon for more information about the salmon art project.

More information about other Coquitlam 125 events and activities is posted at www.coquitlam125.ca.

About Coquitlam 125

Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.

When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill – the future Fraser Mills – under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.

The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision – Stories told, stories to be created – as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca.