Sights of Surrey
This vinyl window wrap is a celebration of the power of sport to transcend language and culture.
Artist: TJ Grewal
Location: Cloverdale Athletic Park Field House (6330 168 Street)
Category: Civic collection
Year Installed: 2021
About Sights of Surrey
This vinyl window wrap is a celebration of the power of sport to transcend language and culture. Responding to the theme of the artist call, “We are here together”, Grewal depicts a variety of activities, including watching games, sports club meetings, community gatherings, and even daily card games for seniors.
He writes, “Sport brings us all together. Whether we are able to participate as a player or a viewer, people enjoy discussing it and building bonds over it.”
The artwork depicts activities that will happen in and around the fieldhouse, as well as elsewhere in Surrey. Grewal says “Some of the activities depicted might remind people of skateboarding at Cloverdale Youth Park, playing basketball at Chuck Bailey Rec Centre, watching the BC Lions practice, playing card games in Bear Creek park, going for bike rides, etc.”
For Grewal, all these activities generate a sense of belonging, encourage discipline, respect, and mutual understanding, and bring people together.
About the Artist
TJ Grewal has lived in Clayton since 2004 and has always called Surrey home. Grewal is a multi-media artist primarily focused on drawing, image manipulation, and photography, painting, working with wood carvings, and metal sculpting. He is a member of SOFIA Collective, a south-of-the-Fraser inter-arts collective. He has participated in multiple local arts initiatives, including at the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Urban Screen, and FUZE Festival at Vancouver Art Gallery. He was on the youth advisory committee for the City of Surrey for two years and is committed to helping local youth get involved in the arts. He is also a musician who has collaborated with Grammy-nominated artists on their records and album covers.