Surrey Street Banners
Artist-designed street banners add colour and vibrancy to streets throughout Surrey. Banner designs are either by direct invitation or through an artist call publicized in the late summer for the following spring.
"Onward and Upward" by Sandeep Johal
Responding to the theme Canada, our Home, Sandeep Johal’s winning design for City of Surrey’s 2017 Street Banners depicts the Steller’s jay, British Columbia’s official bird, and stylized versions of each province’s and territory's flower. Johal’s artwork expresses joy and optimism for Canada’s future.
She writes: “These birds represent the journey that has brought thousands of people to Canada’s shores, from the First Nations people to the early settlers to immigrants and refugees, like my parents who immigrated to Canada from India in the early 70s. Flowers come from seeds, which take root and grow. These flowers represent the heartiness of Canada’s people who have laid down roots and worked hard to build better lives for themselves and their families, my parents included.”
Sandeep Johal is an emerging Indo-Canadian artist from British Columbia. The banners will be up on May 1, 2017.
"Water Guardian" by Susan Point
This year's street banners were designed by Susan Point based on her image of a frog used in her new public artwork Water Guardians that will soon be unveiled at Hazelgrove Park in Cloverdale. The frog’s traditional design symbolizes the cycle of life, small transformative beginnings, and the rhythm of the land. She has a previous public artwork in Surrey called Frogs on display at the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre.
Point explains her connection to frogs: "I have lived my whole life, as well as my ancestors for thousands of years before me, in a territory renowned for its abundant natural beauty including lakes, rivers, and the Salish Sea. If I am not fishing or beachcombing or watching frogs from the shoreline of a pond, I am imagining the world through the eyes of the aquatic creatures that have survived here since time immemorial. One of my favourite creatures is a frog. I've never really lost the captivation of watching them develop from tadpoles, and I don't think anyone really does . . . Frogs have always been the indicators of the changing seasons to First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest."
Susan Point is a descendant of the Musqueam people and is a distinguished local Coast Salish artist.
“Cycle” by Ying (Nancy) Chen
Chen's winning design is inspired by growth made possible with the abundance of clean water. Chen writes, "Water is not only a life source for animals, insects, and plants. It is also what binds us together, as a community, in our environment."
"Cycle" features two fish arranged in a composition to recall the symbol of Yin Yang - two opposing forces that give birth to harmony and coexistence. The white fish represents the idea of birth and growth and the orange fish represents the idea of maturing and aging. Together, they co-exist in a continuous circular motion within a pool of water, and are intertwined with various forms of life around them.
Ying Chen is a student in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU Surrey.
2013 - 2014
Studio Roso Street Banners
2012 - 2013
Larry Hunter "Sustainable Energy" Street Banners
Hunter's design represents our planet's sustainable energy sources and evokes a warm, bright sense of health, nature and energy.
The bold composition includes the central, bright sun; earth's geothermal core, leaves representing the biomass and biosphere covering the planet; water and wind.
2011 - 2012
Gordon Smith Street Banners
Gordon Smith, one of Canada's most important painters, has designed banners for Surrey based on details from the painting he created for Surrey's City Centre Library, West Coast Landscape.
They celebrate another of the City's most acclaimed artists and enhance the streetscapes of Surrey.
2010 - 2011
Robert Davidson Street Banners
The design of the 2010 Surrey public art banners reflects Robert Davidson's ongoing interest in printmaking and abstraction.
Davidson has mastered traditional Haida and is innovative in the use and abstraction of these forms and his choice of bold colours.