Ceramic-based artwork signs convey the philosophy behind this model water conservation project in Newton.
Artist: Blake Williams
Location: WaterWise Demonstration Garden (14245 56 Avenue)
Category: Civic collection
About All Intertwining
The WaterWise Demonstration Garden is a project about Xeriscape or landscape water conservation designed to utilize natural rainfall and to encourage the people of Surrey to adopt a view of water as a limited and valuable resource. Vancouver artist Blake Williams worked with park staff to create an engaging series of ceramic-based artwork signs that communicate the philosophy behind the model water conservation project.
Williams contributed a large sign that identifies the garden, and three smaller signs describing the concepts and elements of the garden and several smaller elements that include literary quotes and symbolic imagery. The signs are screen-printed on ceramic tiles with background patterns of stones and streams and other symbols overlaid with lettered text. They offer information on creating gardens that are sustainable in this region and reinforce the need for environmental responsibility.
About the Artist
Blake Williams is a Vancouver-based visual artist who works in a variety of media. After graduating from the photographic program at Langara College, he later studied at Emily Carr College of Art. Williams’ public artworks can be found in communities across Canada.
His other public artworks in Surrey include A Million Summers and From Frozen Ponds.