Public Art

Reflecting our community's co-created sense of place rooted in a land with thousands of years of history, the objective of White Rock’s Public Art Program is to create artwork that is accessible to the public. By virtue of its placement, content and public engagement, public art shapes the environment around it. Successful community art projects can help communities change the local environment and develop a sense of pride and ownership over their public spaces.

Public Art Map

Explore public art around the city with the digital public art story map.
Walk around Uptown or the Waterfront and discover the art installations around the City.

Recent Public Art Installations

Stande by Illarion Gallant

Located at McCracken Courtyard at the Peace Arch Hospital 

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About the Artwork

The City of White Rock commissioned this public art installation in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary. 

Stande is a testament to the selflessness of the White Rock Woman’s Auxiliary and its continued contributions to this community. Starting with its founding members in 1947, the Auxiliary’s pragmatic post-war visionary force coalesced with its civic virtue to raise community support in order to establish a community hospital. The Peace Arch Hospital was realized in 1954. Metaphorically, Stande draws on the form of the pre-contact rainforest that once stood on the hospital site. This imagery highlights the strength, shelter, support and nurturing that these dedicated women believed was necessary for the future growth and success of their community, White Rock.

About the Artist

Located in Victoria British Columbia. Rusnak Gallant Ltd principal Illarion Gallant has been a practicing professional artist since 1988. He has successfully completed many large scale, site specific, outdoor urban sculpture pieces.

Coastal Cradle by Andy Davies

Located at Memorial Park

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About the Artwork

The 17’ tall artwork draws on the delicate nature of the humblest of plants – the simple blade of grass. These blades, with a droplet of morning dew, evoke the precious and fragile stir of early morning. The suggestion of cradling leads the viewer to a place of tenderness, kindness, and the protection of something sacred. The flowing organic movement of the blades reference the undulating beach, waves, and tidal pools of White Rock. Nestled in these waves is the sun, shining with uplifting brilliance.

About the Artist

Andy Davies is a sculptor of public space. From ephemeral water drawings to public sculpture commissions, Davies adores the politics and personality of the public domain. He has three major public commissions in Alberta and Ontario, with a fourth currently in progress for White Rock, B.C. He graduated at the top of his class from the University of Lethbridge in 2009 with a B.F.A. / B.Ed. Davies is based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Infinity Cycle 

Located at Newport Plaza (Marine Drive and Oxford Street)

Infinity Cycle

About the Artwork

Infinity Cycle is a figurative-abstract public sculpture commissioned by the City of White Rock, BC, Canada in 2017. This stainless steel sculpture is created in commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the race cycling tour in White Rock called Tour de White Rock. The linear structure of the piece creates a transparent visualization of a cyclist who is riding an infinity symbol. The ironic message of infinity has its roots in the idea of our constant tendency - as humankind - to move forward towards the infinite future.

Contact Us

If you are interested in a public art or placemaking art project, send an email to the Cultural Services Manager to discuss your idea.