Glass and Steel Solstice

April 29, 2015

“Solstice” – our steel and recycled glass sculpture. We took it to Nanaimo yesterday and installed it (with lots of help from the City of Nanaimo – thanks guys!!).

I love the location, across the street from the Port Theatre and right on the waterway path that lead to Maffeo Sutton Park.

Here’s a photo that gives a bit of the idea of what it looks like. We’ll go back and take some more on a sunny morning soon and get the feeling of the light shining through.

Solstice Sculpture by Elizabeth Wellburn, Samuel Houston, Deryk Houston

Sculpture by Elizabeth Wellburn, Samuel Houston, Deryk Houston

UPDATE: Here are a couple of recent photos, taken at sunset at the end of May 2015:

And here’s my previous tweet with additional information.

As of April 2016, “Solstice” is now at Woodwynn Farms in the Peace Garden:

Planning to build a new piece of sculpture!

January 21, 2015


A while back I wrote a blog post about a sculpture I was envisioning for a very special location at Woodwynn Farms in the Woodwynn Peace Garden:

The idea was based on an Albert Camus quote that truly inspired me: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  (By the way, I would love to know the exact source of this quote – which book, article or ?)

The sculpture was to be called “Solstice.” As it took shape, it became a collaborative piece – by me, Sam and Deryk and we proposed it for the recent Nanaimo public art call.

We are delighted that our proposal has been accepted! We found out yesterday that we are now funded to build the sculpture. It will have its first home in Nanaimo, probably at Maffeo Sutton Park where Deryk and Sam have had previous sculptures installed. As part of a rotating exhibit, it will be returned to us eventually and then it will go to Woodwynn.

The theme is transitions (seasonal or otherwise) that happen to people and to the natural world. It will be in steel and recycled glass. I originally thought that when it eventually moved to Woodwynn, it would be placed to maximize the light during the summer solstice, but as I stood at that location on the morning of winter solstice this past December, I realized that although less people may want to visit in winter, the effect of low winter light rising in the south would be wonderful. So our plan is to have it in the best possible spot to capture the first morning light on the shortest day of the year.


We are really thrilled to be able to add this part to the ongoing project!