FOREST FLOOR

2020 - Commissioned by the City of Richmond

Vinyl Mural Wraps,  72" x 48" (each panel), 22' x 26' (entire installation)

Richmond Cultural Centre

The rotunda floor has become a window to what might lie beneath the Cultural Centre, perhaps in an era far into the future, in the past, or maybe even what’s currently beneath our feet. This hyper-real scene is created from digital scans of various composited, magnified elements found in the forests of coastal British Columbia, and gives us the impression of the forest trying to break through. The inner perimeter shows the edges of a nursery stump, with the forest floor and all the new life growing around it. When you stand within the center of the artwork you are in a sense the new growth sprouting from the remains of this once mighty tree. While there may be feelings of sadness in seeing a fallen tree, it’s important to remember that though it may no longer be living, it still has an important role in allowing life to thrive.  

Wildflowers found in the artwork are Pacific bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa), False lily of the valley (Maianthemum dilatatum), Starflower (Trientalis latifolia), Western trillium (Trillium ovatum), Trailing yellow violet (Viola sempervirens), Bunchberry (Cornus unalaschkensis), Foamflower (Tiarella trifoliata); shrubs such as Salal (Gaultheria shallon), Trailing blackberry (Rubus ursinus), Red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium); ferns such as Sword fern (Polystichum munitum), Deer fern (Struthiopteris spicant); fungi such as Witch’s butter (Dacrymyces variisporus), Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor); sticks and pinecones of Western redcedar (Thuja plicata), Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla); also found are moss, lichen, and appearances of a few small insects and mollusks.

Drone documentation: Christoph Prevost

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