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Tree of Knowledge

Tree of Knowledge by Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew. Photo by Brian Giebelhaus

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

About Tree of Knowledge

The enormous Tree of Knowledge print, installed on the exterior wall of the Semiahmoo Library, was created from the copper panel element of the sculptural piece Still Point/From the Centre Outwards. On the copper panel, a historical woodcut image is inscribed. The myriad branches of the monumental tree represent the accumulation and growth of knowledge through time, and underscore the relationship of new knowledge to prior knowledge.

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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 The Meeting of Mind and Body.