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Continuum: From Seed to Shelter

Continuum: From Seed to Shelter by Eric Robertson. Photo by Brian Giebelhaus

Artist: Eric Robertson
Location: Green Timbers Greenway, adjacent to Fraser Hwy, southeast of 96 Avenue
Category: Civic collection
Year: 2009

About Continuum: From Seed to Shelter

This artwork consists of six large-scale, inter-related sculptures mounted atop 12-foot fluted cedar poles. Their installation follows the contour of the walking trail in the Green Timbers Greenway, adjacent to the Fraser Highway. The sculptures, which are cast in glass-fibre-reinforced concrete, range between two and four feet in height. The work honours the history and ecology of the Green Timbers Urban Forest and pays homage to the western cedar.

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About the Artist

Eric Robertson’s imagery draws on his mixed aboriginal and European heritage, as well as his background working in fisheries and forestry. Study of traditional Northwest Coast art informs his sense of design and materials, his understanding of the natural world, and his interest in the interface between indigenous and colonial histories.

An honours graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, with a Master’s degree from Concordia University, Robertson is the recipient of numerous honours and awards. Among his many acclaimed public art commissions are works for the Tillamook Forest Center in Oregon, the Vancouver International Airport, and Seattle City Hall.