Cross Colours
Title
Cross Colours
Artist
Hou, Julian Yi-Zhong
Date
2021
Medium
glass
Type
sculpture
Dimensions
271.78cm height x 266.7cm width
Accession Number
N/A
Category
Private Development Public Art
Collection
Public Art
Lat/Long
49.263428018767925,-123.00362771525178
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CROSSROADS is a triptych of stained glass pictures that memorialize figures in the fashion popular during the time of the artist’s youth spent loitering around Lougheed Mall in the early 1990s. Resonating with the fashion of today, the work speaks to historical echoes and to the contin- ued history of cultural diversity that marks Burnaby as unique within Canada. The triptych also depicts a move- ment from meditative incantation to dance to collabora- tion and collectivity. The presence of crows refers to the crow’s roost just a few minutes south of this site, to their collective consciousness, as well as to their symbolism as transformation. They mark this momentous time of politi- cal and spiritual change. Crossroads was made in studio over a period of a year, the production of which will help to form the foundation for a new stained glass guild. Julian Yi-Zhong Hou (b. 1980) is a multidisciplinary artist born in Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty 6 territory, and currently resides between Vernon, on the unceded land of the Syilx peoples of the Okanagan Nation, and Vancouver, on the unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples. His work centres around contemporary mystical subjects, consciousness, and pagan and divination ritual, practice, and research.