Inspired by the theme “Surrey: Love Where You Live,” Ebenebe’s design depicts Red Osier Dogwood and Red Columbine plants framing the urban cityscape within the shape of a heart.
Artist: Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe
Category: Temporary public art: street banners
Year Installed: 2020
About Welcome Home
The bright colours and illustrative quality of the design demonstrate a love for the whimsical visions of the fairy tales and folk stories Ebenebe grew up with.
Welcome Home asks the question: “What makes someone feel at home in a city?” For Ebenebe, it is shared identity, communal welcome, and nurturing nature. She writes: “As people go about their days, I hope that when they glance up and see this banner it can go a little way towards invoking that feeling of welcome and communal love.”
About the artist
Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe is an emerging Nigerian-Canadian artist based in B.C. Her life experience and cultural heritage weaves through her work, manifesting in fantastical, colourful worlds and ornate, ethereal figures.