Public Art

"Public art takes a variety of shapes and forms and it makes our community interesting. It touches our lives in a variety of ways whether it's on our way to work, while out for a stroll at lunch time or just taking a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood. A well-planned public art project ensures that the statement the work makes is in keeping with its surroundings, whether this be on a busy downtown street corner, in a green space or in an area that combines both rural and urban elements."

The Maple Ridge Public Art Steering Committee, established by the City Council, began meeting in 2010. The purpose of the Committee is to:

  • recommend criteria for the commission of public art installations to Council.
  • have authority for entering into agreements and contractual obligations within the limitations of approved budgets for the commission of public art installations which meet the criteria noted above.
  • have authority to spend money within an annual budget approved by the Maple Ridge Council.
  • submit an annual report to Maple Ridge Council by the end of May each year describing the activities of the previous year.

Public Art Installations

  1. A Bear's Feast at Telosky Stadium
  2. Action Park Poetry and Art
  3. Balance
  4. Beast Horse Clock
  5. Cemetery Gates
  6. Field of Dreams
  7. Kanaka Creek Interpretive Mural
  8. Maple Ridge Community Mosaic
  9. Play Ball
  10. Sea to Sky Eagle
  11. Sidewalk Poetry
  12. Spirit of Wood
  13. Tendance
  14. Tile Mosaics
  15. Trace Line


“A Bear’s Feast” (sƛ̓ənəqs kʷə speʔəθ) by Phyllis Atkins, q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ

We are pleased to share two videos for the event: the Telosky Stadium Public Art Dedication by Kwantlen First Nation and Telosky Stadium Ribbon Cutting video that captures the opening celebration with officials.

  • Completed in April 2020
  • Powder Coated Aluminum works on Telosky Fieldhouse; Vinyl with Laminate on Utility Kiosk Box
  • Various Sizes ranging from 4’7” x 17’3” to 3’8” x 6’8”
  • Maple Ridge Public Art Collection


Completed in April 2020 with a virtual opening happening October 1, the artwork by Phyllis Atkins from Kwantlen First Nation illustrates a bear’s feast and references the animals, fish and river which are important to Indigenous communities. The artist explains: 

“My artwork depicts a bear’s feast, eating wild strawberries and yet to catch his salmon – both are important for his survival.  Like the bears, we as Indigenous people depend on our connection to the land and water for gathering and harvesting our traditional foods to sustain our families and community throughout the year. It’s also an important cultural practice that we “set the table” and a feast is shared before all ceremonies or important work is undertaken.”  - Phyllis Atkins

About the Artist

q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ’s traditional name means that “I wear the clouds like a blanket”. She is a member of the Kwantlen First Nation.

Phyllis was taught how to paint by Barbara Boldt at the Barbara Boldt Original Art Studio and studied with her for many years until she opened her own studio in 2012. In 2001, she had the wonderful opportunity to learn the art of hand engraving jewelry from the late Master carver Derek Wilson from Haisla, BC.

q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ is influenced by the deep connection to her ancestors, the community, and her family, but most of all she is inspired by her husband Drew Atkins. With her husband, she co-owns and operates k’wy’i’y’e Spring Salmon Studio & Gallery on Kwantlen land in Fort Langley.

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