The Encyclopedia House is a temporary art installation in The Grove beside the Newton Recreation Centre, 13730 – 72 Ave, Surrey, BC. It is sixty-four square foot “house” made out of recycled encyclopedias and books donated by the community. Local artist Don Li-Leger planned and coordinated the building of the Encyclopedia House with support from the Friends of the Grove.
Artist Don Li-Leger hopes that this installation will get people talking: “We want this project to support a culture of curiousity, interest and discourse about local issues. People are having fun with this art installation, and that is creating a safe space to talk about larger issues such as homelessness, climate change, neighbourhood development and changing sources of knowledge.”
For project supporter David Dalley this art installation is about imagination: “We have easy access to knowledge, but we sometimes have difficulty acting on that knowledge. I think that Imagination can help us unlock knowledge and transform it into action. I am hoping that this art installation will inspire us, as a community, to be imaginative as we look at what we know and consider what to do about it.”
The following is a list of events that have been scheduled as of October 9. For details on each event, follow the link or contact the spokespeople listed below. More events will be posted at friendsofthegrove.ca/events/ as they are confirmed.
October 1 | Newton Library hosting preschool story times.
October 2, 12:00 – 1:00pm | “Encyclopedia House” Launch.
October 3: 6:00-8:00pm | “Room to Draw”
October 3, 7:00pm | Agent C Gallery opening will celebrate pop-up art in Newton.
October 8, 4:00 – 6:00pm | “Encyclopedia House” Party. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.
October 16, 10:30am – 1:30pm | Sources Homelessness Awareness March. Starts at Newton Resource Centre, 13771 – 72A Avenue.
In addition to the currently organized events, the artists are inviting other groups and individuals to consider using the Encyclopedia House as a site to host an event on a topic that they are passionate about.
Pictures of the house can be viewed at: friendsofthegrove.ca