Three brewery silos in Chilliwack have been “beautifully transformed” into colorful public art that can be seen from Route 1.
That’s how Fred Landtmeters, president and CEO of Molson Coors Canada, described the 33-foot-tall silos now covered in brightly colored artwork by Chilliwack’s Silvana Kulyk.
“Gifts of Nature” was unveiled Thursday, June 9 at Molson Coors Beverage Company’s Fraser Valley Brewery. It can be seen on the north side of Highway 1, just east of Vedder Road.
“We believe that this coin, in this particular location, will resonate with the community and the hearts of everyone who passes on Highway 1,” said Chilliwack City Councilor Sue Knott, chair of the Chilliwack Advisory Committee. public art. “It’s a good thing for Chilliwack.
She called the design “striking”.
Due to the highly visible location of the silos, the city worked with Molson Coors to facilitate this public art opportunity. The city received 22 submissions from the public art call, and Kulyk’s work was approved on March 15.
The panel found that “Gifts of Nature” was “vibrant, symmetrical, displayed movement and perspective, told a story and represented Chilliwack,” the city said in the June 10 press release.
“Looking at these silos, which have been beautifully transformed by Kulyk’s vision, we see the Fraser River. We see locally grown hops and corn,” Landtmeters said. “We also see a thriving art scene and a community willing to think outside the box to make things better.”
The artwork features various landscapes typical of the Fraser Valley: the left silo reveals an agricultural landscape with hops in the foreground, the middle is a mountain with a flowing river, and the right features the abundance of forests in the valley. with corn in the foreground.
It is the greatest work of art that Kulyk has ever made. It was created digitally, then sent to a local printer and printed on several pieces of vinyl. Last week, the silos were wrapped in vinyl strips, much like a jigsaw puzzle.
She said she was “very delighted and happy” with the result.
“It looks so seamless you can’t really tell. They did a great job with that,” Kulyk said. “I hope people will like it and it will have a good impact on the city.”
His works include children’s illustrations, video games and murals. One of his other major projects was the creation of 11 murals for BC Children’s Hospital in 2017 and 2020.
Landtmeters and David Hamel, general manager of Molson Coors’ Fraser Valley Brewery, said the brewery and the city have a collaborative partnership.
“Molson Coors has a long and proud history of supporting and uniting the communities in which we operate,” said Hamel.
Landtmeters echoed his comment.
“John Molson said, ‘We are all part of a larger community that depends on everyone playing a part.’ He said that in 1786.
This work of art will continue the legacy of the brewery founder and, in turn, keep the business connected to the community, Landtmeters added.
“We are pleased to support the city’s commitment to making spaces more vibrant and fostering civic pride with public art by providing our silos as a canvas for the artist to exhibit truly Chilliwack work,” said Hamel. .
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