City of Surrey nixes plans for $90K traffic circle art

While it’s no longer going ahead, the project has been replaced by another

Red arrow shows concrete foundation for artwork that was proposed to be installed in the traffic circle at the intersection of 156th Street and 108th Avenue in Fraser Heights

SURREY — The city has cancelled its plans for a $90,000 art project at a Fraser Heights traffic circle.

“We’ve moved on from that one,” Surrey’s art services manager Sheila McKinnon told the Now Tuesday.

This, after the proposal proved controversial.

The city had posted an artist call for an installation at 156th Street and 108th Avenue but took heat on social media for spending nearly $100,000 for such art.

“Really? How’s the food bank doing? Bet they could use $90,000 and there would be a few less starving residents of Surrey. but nah, lets put something ‘pretty’ in a random traffic circle so the privileged can drive by and look at it… “ Desiree Bliss wrote on the Now’s Facebook page at the time.

“How can anyone think spending this much money on art for a roundabout is a good idea?” Murray Fane wrote. “We live here and we DO NOT want our tax dollars, 90,000 of them, spent on ‘art’.”

See more: Surrey to spend $90,000 on public art for the middle of a traffic circle

While it’s no longer going ahead, the project has been replaced by another.

The city met with some Fraser Heights residents this week, said McKinnon, and the “unanimous decision was they wanted to have the next public art installation located at the recreation centre around 160th just north of Highway 1.

“They see that as the gateway for their community,” she added.

McKinnon said the city also wanted to get a sense of the theme the community was interested in for the artwork and key words that came up were “nature, community and diversity.”

“So we’ll use that for the artist call.”

While the project has changed, the $90,000 budget remains the same, McKinnon said.

Surrey’s public art collection totals more than 60 pieces and McKinnon said the city is updating its master plan this year.

Last summer, the Public Art Advisory Committee went on two tours of the city to identify sites for the future installation of public art. With this information in mind, they’ll work to create the next-generation Surrey Public Art Plan, to build on the first one, created for the years 2012 to 2016.

Click here to read more about Surrey’s public art program.

With files from Tom Zillich

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP recover $80,000 worth of stolen property

Police found the property after executing two search warrants in Newton

White Rock approves scaled-up Festival of Lights for 2020

Event to run for nearly 60 days, and expand from the white rock to Oxford Street

White Rock to encourage Uber, Lyft to operate in city

South Surrey and White Rock are without ride-hailing services, for now

Annual Battle of the Badges hockey game to combat bullying in Delta schools

This year’s Battle of the Badges takes place at Sungod Arena on Pink Shirt Day (Wednesday, Feb. 26)

Trains through White Rock, Surrey could be affected by rail blockades

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

BC Ferries sailings filling up Family Day Monday

More than 20 sailings added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen for long weekend

Most Read