This playful bronze sculpture by Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew sits at the entrance of Amica White Rock residence.

water's edge front view

Artists: Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew

Location: Amica White Rock (15331 16th Avenue)

Category: Private collection

Year: 2020

About water’s edge

Bigger-than-life and full of playful energy, the bronze sculpture, water’s edge greets you at the entry to Amica White Rock, a seniors’ residence on 16th Avenue in South Surrey. Artists Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew wanted to depict a familiar family pet associated with happy memories of this seaside neighbourhood. They write, “we were thinking about the beach, waves lapping, the cry of seagulls, the voices of young children at play…often with the familiar, endearing companionship of a dog.”  

water’s edge is a familiar and timeless figure that evokes memories of childhood, of home and family life, and of playful or meditative walks along the water’s edge. The figure also has broader associations: the dog has been with us for thousands of years, companion and guardian, a connection to the natural world, to the other, to the symbolic and mythological. The dog has a long history across cultures as a symbol of loyalty, courage, protection and love.

The artwork is called water’s edge - because it’s not just about the dog, but a state of mind.

About the Artists

Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz are visual artists and have worked collaboratively since 1997. They are also known as Muse Atelier and their work is centred on the public realm. Their practice explores ideas of nature and culture and how we position ourselves within the world. Much of the work reflects on perception, on re-contextualizing the familiar or iconic, on how we mythologize the world around us. Acclaimed for their simplicity and elegance, artworks by Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz can be found in cities across North America.

Their other public artworks in Surrey include Still Point/From the Centre Outwards, Meeting of Mind and Body, and Tree of Knowledge.