More than 80 new street banners now grace the lampposts in Sechelt. The original artworks featured on the banners are the creation of local artist/illustrator Sarah Clement. “We are really excited to display this new set of banners,” said Siobhán Smith, the Arts, Culture & Communications Coordinator for the District of Sechelt, “as always, it was a difficult decision for our jury because of the number of high calibre submissions we get from local artists and designers.”
Earlier this year, the District of Sechelt issued a Coast-wide call to artists seeking proposals for the new banners on the theme of “Future Perfect”. The theme was both a reference to the future perfect tense (e.g. “by this time next year, our lives will have returned to normal”) and also an opportunity for artists to imagine what a “perfect” future might look like.
Selected artist/illustrator, Sarah Clement, is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and specializes in botanical and animal-themed artwork. For this design competition, Clement created two dynamic and nature-focused designs. The first, titled “We Are All Interconnected” features the image of a majestic heron with elements of land, ocean, and sky flowing out of its wings. Composed entirely in shades of blue, the banner’s design gives a feeling of movement, interconnection, and hope. Her second banner, created in shades of orange, is titled “Together: Growing Upwards, Rooting Down.” This one features an image of two hands cradling a circle of houses, with a tree growing upwards and rooting down to represent a connected and flourishing community. As depicted in the banners, Clement’s vision for the future is a hopeful one, where humanity and nature can live in harmony.
The previous set of banners, featuring the artwork of Lydia Avsec and featuring a raven and the MV Lady Rose, will be available for purchase for $20 + tax from the municipal hall office at 5797 Cowrie St. As well, a new set of children’s banners will be on display around the Sechelt Public Library and Sechelt Aquatic Centre starting early 2022.
The District of Sechelt’s banner program is a community public art initiative that showcases the work of local artists and highlights the creativity of the Coast. For more information on the District of Sechelt’s arts and culture programs, contact Siobhan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-740-8476.