In 2006, the foreshore and upland walk from Barnet Marine Park to Hastings Street was dedicated to former mayor Douglas P. Drummond (1996-2002). As a marker for the walk and a monument in Drummond’s honour, Burnaby Parks and Recreation commissioned a public artwork to compliment the dedication. On a concrete base, a commemorative plaque states that this was Drummond’s favourite place to walk or run. Three poles of varying heights surround the plaque, each the perch for a life-sized steel sculpture bird. Sandra Bilawich, known in Burnaby for her eco-sculptures, designed permanent steel sculptures of a raven, bald eagle, and cormorant to convey the environs of Drummond’s walk.
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.