Rediscover the Greek legend of Daedalus who invented wings to fly in this responsive public artwork in the Guildford Recreation Centre.

 Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz - The Meeting of Mind and Body


Artists: Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz
Location: Guildford Recreation Centre (15105 105 Avenue)
Category: Civic collection
Year: 2001

About The Meeting of Mind and Body

This multimedia installation symbolizes the story of Daedalus, the legendary Greek figure who invented wings to fly.  A set of wings suspended above the ground represents Daedalus. As a craftsman, Daedalus would have created many statues of kouroi or young men. From the floor, a bronze statue of a kouros, a youth representing everyman, looks up with longing.

The works are connected at the base of the kouros’s feet by a beautiful projected reflection of Daedalus in flight. A moving Gobo light projection of the figure flies across the dark blue walls accompanied by faint sounds of beating wings. The motion of people on the running track above triggers the flight path of the moving silhouette.

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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 Still Point/From the Centre Outwards and Tree of Knowledge.