Learn about this outreach art exhibition that toured innovative sculptures to the libraries in Surrey.


In October 2000, Surrey Art Gallery invited the Surrey Public Library to partner with them to present an outreach project of temporary exhibits and related public programs. These exhibits were envisioned as artist's projects placed as interventions in various libraries. The four projects travelled to the eight branches of the Surrey Public Library between September 2001 and June 2002. Subsequently the exhibition was presented at the Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch from September 27 through October 31, 2002.

The four projects are: Reflections, by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens, a mixed media mobile formed from map representations of the Serpentine and Nicomekl Rivers; whispering volumes, by M. Simon Levin, a touch-activated artwork based upon a traditional library book cart; Spine, by Robin Ripley, an illuminated library bookcase faced with etched sheets of library microfiche; and The Well, by Valerie Durant, a book stack with audio-visual components that present sounds and images of nature. This CD documents the four artist projects, and includes images of the work in situ, video footage interviews with the artists and a short segment of the video from Durant's The Well.

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