k'wy'i'y'e Spring Salmon Studio

Closing Date

February 14, 2018 - 4:00 p.m. PST

Revised October 2, 2020

Request for Expression of Interest

The City of Surrey invites Expressions of Interest from professional artists or artist teams to create an illuminated sculpture to serve as a celebratory landmark outside the Museum of Surrey and Heritage Square along 56 Avenue (Highway 10) in Surrey.

Cloverdale has been described as a place of gathering and exchange. People met here, travelling by trails and rivers, and using roads and the railway. It was an important hunting and gathering site for First Nations. It is a place where communities share and exchange goods and knowledge. Cloverdale residents value a sense of community here, given its friendly, small town atmosphere. There are many heritage sites to explore and many events to attend. The Cloverdale Rodeo and Remembrance Day Ceremony in Heritage Square annually attract thousands of locals and families from across Metro Vancouver and beyond to Cloverdale. Many residents also value the community’s young demographic and their energy and optimism for the future.

The addition of a significantly scaled and illuminated public art sculpture at this location, is expected to enhance the experience and enjoyment of the public plaza and simultaneously provide an inspirational and beautiful marker for pedestrians and passing commuter traffic on 56 Avenue/Highway 10. The public art project will offer unique place-making qualities because it will be highly visible during the day, and especially if colorfully illuminated at night, for those walking and driving into Surrey from Langley. People utilizing the plaza and accessing the surrounding facilities will be invited to experience the artwork’s story telling component, reflective of and weaving together the ancient and diverse heritages of Cloverdale. A design of a sculpture for the City of Surrey’s heritage campus should consider celebrating and conveying a story or multiple stories connected to the land and people of where it will be installed.

The artwork budget is $180,000 inclusive of all costs including artist fees, design, materials, insurance, all engineering expenses, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel and taxes. Foundation and electrical supply for this opportunity is currently supporting an electronic sign and is expected to be repurposed for this project. Any modifications to the existing footing or fabrication and installation of additional supports will need to be funded by the artwork budget.

RFEOI document for download: 
Artist Call for Expressions of Interest - Illuminated Public Art Sculpture (.pdf) 

Send questions only by e-mail to:
Please use the RFEOI number and subject when emailing.
Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted on the Public Art website where this call is found, and will be updated as needed.

See: Public Art Artist Calls - Surrey Museum Illuminated Sculpture