The public artwork, Bright Waters by Cliff Garten Studio, is a celebration of water in Burnaby and Metro Vancouver. The work is directly related to the adjacent rain gardens. Integrated along Beresford street. Rain gardens are a small but important part of the natural and manmade system of water infrastructure in the greater watershed that sustains the City. Etched into the granite sidewalk is a simplified map of Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam Reservoirs and their watersheds that are part of this system. The bench sculptures and luminaires offer a reflection on the movement of water. The art draws inspiration from the I Ching, also known as the Book of Changes, an important Chinese philosophical work. Quoting from the text, Garten notes that “water moves everywhere, into every gorge, crack and crevice of the earth, neither shrinking from nor avoiding its natural path. In this way, it is true to its own nature.” Bright Waters offers this contemplation as a piece of public art that aims to remind viewers to play an active role in keeping water clean and true to its own nature.
Cliff Garten is an internationally recognized sculptor and founder
of Cliff Garten Studio in Venice, California. By connecting people to
places and infrastructure through sculptural material, social history
and ecology, Garten’s work locates the latent potential in every public
place and situation to become more than the specific functions it
appears to perform. Sculpture and landscape, function and form, like
public and private experiences are never distinct, but exchange places
throughout the day. Sculpture defines our interaction and movement
by creating energy between things, generating interest in public activity,
reframing our private lives and creating a sense of place within
public and private realms. Garten received a Master of Fine Arts in
Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of
Landscape Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate
School of Design.