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Public Art is an exciting and expanding endeavour in Surrey that identifies sites, creates tourist destinations, interprets community history and diversity, inspires thought, and adds artistic vision to a place.

Find out about the latest public art projects and scroll down for any related events like openings or artist talks. We also have an e-newsletter you can sign up for to receive updates about our Public Art Program.

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Look for Surrey Landscapes on Alan Storey's Sign of Signs


Sign of Signs is a wind-driven kinetic sculpture by Alan Storey. This billboard-style artwork features rotating imagery showing Surrey's changing landscape over the years. Installed on the warehouse wall of the City of Surrey's Operations Centre, it mimics the shape and proportions of the Operation Centre's distinct architectural form.


Fern Façade Finished at Newton Recreation Centre


Sean Alward’s Fern Façade design for the glazing of the expanded Newton Recreation Centre is complete! His artwork was inspired by a visit to the grove of mature trees beside the facility. The unveiling and meet-the-artist will happen on September 30, 2017.


Chrysalis at Surrey Central SkyTrain Station

The City of Surrey, in partnership with TransLink, received submissions from 29 artists for a temporary mural to surround the construction hoarding of Surrey Central SkyTrain Station while TransLink upgrades the station. Applicants were asked to draw inspiration from the theme Connecting People, Connecting Places.

This detail is from the winning design Chrysalis by Thomas Nelles, a Surrey artist. Butterflies overlay images of Surrey’s buildings to symbolize the city’s transformation from its agricultural past to its urban present and its goals for a sustainable future.

Blanket Proposal for West Village Park & District Energy Plant

Artist-in-residence Erica Stocking has completed the community consultation phase of this project and has now proposed a permanent public artwork of three blanket-shaped sculptures to be installed on the roof stacks of the Energy Plant. They will be made of fibreglass or metal and appear in different configurations: folded, draped, and wrapped.

This artwork responds to the service and intention of the Energy Plant: to provide energy and warmth to the City Centre neighbourhood. In this way, the sculpture is also a creative and contemporary symbol of a “hearth” that extends from the home to the entire community. The artist writes: “Blanket evokes a sense of warmth without using fire. Perhaps a contemporary hearth does not involve fire at all, but is the sharing of space. In a simple way, this artwork translates the piping of the building as a carrier of warmth in a materially and visually tangible form.”

Erica Stocking is a multimedia artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She has exhibited art since she graduated in 2004. In 2009, Erica completed the public artwork Yellow Fence at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby and, in the same year, was awarded Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for Emerging Public Artist. In 2012, she completed Geyser for Hillcrest Park, a permanent public artwork made for the City of Vancouver in collaboration with Vanessa Kwan, facility staff, parks board, and various engineers.

Public Art Events

Unveiling of Fern Facade and Meet Sean Alward

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  • September 30, 2017
  • Meet Sean Alward who created the fern facade artwork on the Newton Recreation Centre expansion.

Artist Talk with Thomas Nelles

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  • October 24, 2017
  • Meet the artist of the butterfly murals at Surrey Central SkyTrain Station.

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