The Living Fraser River
This stainless steel sculpture, inspired by the Fraser River, is illuminated with different colors at night.
Artist: Casto Solano
Location: Fraser Heights Recreation Centre (10588 160 Street)
Category: Civic collection
Year Installed: 2023
About The Living Fraser River
Solano’s artwork is inspired by the Fraser River. He writes: “I see the Fraser River as the tail of a comet, carrying life within it, plunging down into the earth. I imagine the river rising, winding and whirling high into the open sky, connecting the four elements of our world. Connecting earth and air in a shimmering river of steel water; redirecting the light and fire of the sun gently about us in warm reflections as we step to meet it.
An organic, living conduit through which to explore our own connection with our community and the world which surrounds us. An iconic meeting point about which to gather and share our knowledge and experience. A point of unity for the diverse peoples of Surrey. For those who have gone, for those who are, and for those who are yet to come.” Solano’s sculpture for Fraser Heights is built of marine grade stainless steel and is illuminated with different colors at night.
About the Artist
With over twenty years of experience in public art and sculpture, Casto Solano has designed numerous public artworks in a wide variety of spaces around the world, ranging from static sculptures and figures in streets to interactive pieces in high profile places such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. He completed Holocaust memorial for children in Paris. Solano frequently draws on concepts of time (past, present, future) and space for his projects.