September 30, 2013

Glass on glass mosaic “Memento” – by Elizabeth Wellburn (photo credit to John Garforth)

Sooooo…. my piece for the Richmond Recycle Centre and the Richmond “Art in Unexpected Places” initiative is now installed!

You can view it at 5555 Lynas Lane.

The title is “Memento” – named after a very interesting movie. The piece is not intended to relate to the dark side of that movie, but rather taps into the idea of preserving things as a way to retain memory – something the main character in the movie was compelled to do. There are lots of little items/memories preserved in the mosaic and I think the name is a good fit.

It was a wonderful experience to make this piece.

Special thanks to John (and Jax) for the photo!

And also special thanks to the folks in the offices of the City of Richmond and the Public Works Yard for all their help to make this happen.

Labyrinth and sculpture viewing at Woodwynn – ongoing work

September 26, 2013

Today’s local newspaper (The Times Colonist) has a great article about Deryk and Sam… and the Woodwynn labyrinth/sculpture viewing project:

Hope this article motivates people to help out via the Kickstarter initiative. We are extremely grateful to the people who have already contributed – there are 19 days left for the initiative so we’re hoping more people will see this and respond over the next couple of weeks:

and, regarding the Times Colonist article… here is Deryk’s statement in reply to the Central Saanich Councillor who mentions her concern is that the project is “in line with the Agricultural Land Commission’s non farm-use guidelines.”

I certainly agree with Central Saanich Coun. Alicia Cormier that Woodwynn Farms should make good use of the farmland and that is why my work on the farm supports that idea by making sure that every facet of this project is about the edible plants. The first and foremost thought has been focused on the idea that food will be the experience. The area chosen for the site has been an unused portion of the farm that is now going to be put to productive use by growing herbs,fruits and grains. I believe that people will see the interesting sculpture as the background scenery and serve as a draw to attract people who will enjoy the fruits of peoples labour.

I grew up on a farm and I was always dazzled by the art I saw forming before my eyes as a tractor cut the hay and left beautiful creative lines across the field.

The world famous Yorkshire sculpture park, set on farmland in England recognizes these beautiful relationships between life, people, art and farmland. I hope this work will do the same for everyone here in Central Saanich.
Thank you

Deryk Houston – artist

Here’s a “before” picture that I took a few days ago. Working hard to clear up those brambles….

Crowdfunding for the Labyrinth/Sculpture Viewing area

September 16, 2013

So we’re venturing into the world of crowdfunding… let’s see if we can raise the $3000. required to create the tree-lined path leading to the main area of the Labyrinth/Sculpture Viewing area at Woodwynn Farms in Central Saanich – a therapeutic community for the homeless. The concept of this labyrinth includea herbs, fruits and vegetables.

So much work has been done already — we brought the David Kocka sculpture all the way from Indiana and Deryk and Samuel have worked on all those pieces that will eventually move to Woodwynn (see the video in the link below to see what we mean).


Thanks for your support!

(and thanks again to Richard LeBlanc and all the others at Woodwynn Farms – You are amazing…)

Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park