This artwork in the Semiahmoo Library lobby depicts the journey of ideas over time through a tree of knowledge and ripples on still water.

Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew - Still Point/From the Centre Outwards


Artists: Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew
Location: Semiahmoo Library and RCMP District 4 Building (1815 152 Street)
Category: Civic collection
Year: 2004

About Still Point/From the Centre Outwards

This installation in the lobby of Semiahmoo Library and RCMP District 4 Building describes the accumulation of knowledge and the journey of ideas through a number of symbolic devices. Two primary images form the conceptual framework: the mythic “tree of knowledge” and the rippling rings that emanate from a still point on a body of water.

The piece includes growth rings made of metal typeface, text etched in granite, and a water surface with a still point and its outward ripples captured on glass. The water ripples represent the metaphoric journey through time and space of an individual or a culture.

The tree of knowledge symbolizes the powerful influence of thoughts, ideas and, in particular, the printed word. Text, including quotes about culture, literature, and law, is etched chronologically from the centre out, like rings of time. Together, the concepts stress the importance of knowledge and unfettered intellectual growth as well as the importance of the individual in the process.

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About the Artists

Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz are professional site-specific public artists with backgrounds as registered architects who have worked together since 1997. Their practice explores ideas of place and perception, nature and culture. Metz explores similar interests through digital photography. Their highly acclaimed work has won numerous commissions in Canada and abroad for its simplicity and elegance.

Their other public artworks in Surrey include The Meeting of Mind and Body and Tree of Knowledge.