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BC’s Steller’s Jay & Provincial Flowers Animate Surrey’s 2017 Street Banners

BC’s Steller’s Jay & Provincial Flowers Animate Surrey’s 2017 Street Banners

BC’s Steller’s Jay and drawings of all provincial and territory flowers animate Surrey’s 2017 public art street banners designed by Sandeep Johal. She wanted to do an artwork full of joy, wonder, and optimism as Canada looks towards a brighter future together. Her submission Onward and Upward was selected as the winner of an artist call last fall for a design on the theme Canada, Our Home in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Johal explains the symbolism of her artwork: “These birds represent the journey that has brought thousands of people to Canada’s shores, from the First Nations people to the early settlers to immigrants and refugees, like my parents who immigrated to Canada from India in the early 70s.

Flowers come from seeds, which take root and grow. These flowers represent the heartiness of Canada’s people who have laid down roots and worked hard to build better lives for themselves and their families, my parents included.”

The diversity of flower species highlights the diversity of people who call Canada home and are helping grow our country into a place of flourishing.Sandeep Johal is an emerging Indo-Canadian visual artist based in British Columbia. Her art practice includes drawing, painting, and printmaking as well as working with the public in community engagement projects.

Her work is grounded in principles of symmetry and geometry, and is a combination of bold, colourful graphics and intricate line work. Her pattern-work is heavily influenced by South Asian textile design and motifs, particularly the mandala from.

Surrey’s public art banner program was established in 2000 and has featured designs by artists such as Gordon Smith and Robert Davidson. Look for Johal’s colourful banners in various locations across the City including along University Drive and 100th Avenue and along King George Boulevard at 88th Avenue near the Surrey Art Gallery/Surrey Art Centre.

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