Reminiscent of the farming heritage of the Burnaby area, a cow and calf can be found grazing in the lower pasture at the BVM (Burnaby Village Museum).
Eco-sculpture is a modern form of horticulture also known as “topiary.” Rather than relying on stone and chisel, eco-sculptors create art from nature.
Recognizing a unique opportunity, the City of Burnaby is taking the lead in bringing eco-sculpture to the West Coast through installations and workshops.
Appealing to all age groups but particularly to children, eco-sculpture is not only fun and educational, it’s perfect for drawing attention to environmental issues. In addition, these living, 3-D sculptures have enormous tourism potential for the city, all of which explains why the program has been greeted with keen interest by a broad range of partners.
The Burnaby eco-sculpture program gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment of the following partners: Greater Vancouver Regional District’s Sustainable Enterprise Fund, VanCity Savings Credit Union, VanCity VISA, Canada Lands Company, Byrne Creek Streamkeepers, and Stream of Dreams Murals Society.
Sandra Bilawich is a Vancouver-based sculptor known for her unique approach to the medium. She was born in Saskatchewan in 1963 and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, from 1970 onwards. Sandra cites her high school art teacher—renowned artist Ted Harrison—as well as her grandmother—accomplished folk artist Ann Harbuz—as her original inspiration. Introduced to stone carving in 1991, Sandra opened an independent art studio, Elemental Designs, in 1994. To date, she has carved a number of stone, steel, and wooden sculptures which can be found in public and private collections across Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States.