Overview of Sechelt's Public Art Collection

Guided by the 2013 Public Art Program & Policy, the District of Sechelt's Public Art Collection enriches the quality of life for both residents and visitors alike through the display of art in public places, and by preserving and collecting artworks that are significant to our local cultural heritage.

The first work of art to enter the District of Sechelt’s collection was a painting titled Sechelt Waterfront, 1902 by Henry J. DeForest. When the Village of Sechelt opened its first municipal hall in 1956, Geoffrey Whitaker presented the DeForest painting as a gift to the newly incorporated village.

More recently, the District of Sechelt began commissioning works of art by local artists for inclusion into the collection. We now have 15 works inside Municipal Hall and another 4 in the Library garden, along with murals in downtown Sechelt, at Davis Bay beach, and Friendship Park. You can also find public artworks throughout our community in the form of murals, carvings, and decorative utility boxes.

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The District of Sechelt's public art collection was featured in the Spring 2021 edition of INPUT Magazine. Click here to read a digital edition of the magazine.



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A mobile GPS-guided walking tour of Sechelt’s public art and murals is available. The free application (“app”) can be downloaded onto both iOS and Android mobile devices, or viewed online from any computer or tablet. Sechelt’s art tour includes the unique background stories of 15 different artworks and provides information about all of the artists, as well as photos of the works.  To start exploring the public art in Sechelt, visit BaladoDiscovery.com or download the app in Apple’s App Store or via Google Play. 

In-Person Guided Tours: available by appointment. Please contact Siobhan Smith, ssmith@sechelt.ca