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Lingua Aqua

Lingua Aqua by Melanie Cassidy, Michael Filimowicz, Brady Marks, and Philippe Pasquier

Artists: Melanie Cassidy, Michael Filimowicz, Brady Marks, and Philippe Pasquier
Location: Bear Creek Park Gardens (13750 88 Avenue)
Category: Civic collection
Year: 2009

About Lingua Aqua

Lingua Aqua alludes to the idea of “lingua franca,” a hybrid language originally developed to enable people of different mother tongues to communicate. Built in the form of a small pavilion or shelter, Lingua Aqua combines sculptural, architectural, graphic, audio, and water elements to create an immersive sonic environment. This “bath of sounds” is the place in which language is first heard and sounds from the outside environment first experienced.

The structure is a self-enclosed fountain, with rain curtains and a reflective pool. A mirror on the underside of the roof reflects the pool and visitors, creating visual texture and an interactive element. Glass panels overhanging the roof are engraved with symbols drawn from a number of languages spoken in Surrey.

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About the Artists

Lingua Agua is the work of a multi-talented team of new media, visual and audio artists, including Melanie Cassidy, Michael Filimowicz, Brady Marks, and Philippe Pasquier. All have a connection with Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT SFU), and their approach to their ambitious public art work is both collaborative and interdisciplinary.