Innovative tree change

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on May 19, 2018

EMERGING and established artists are being encouraged to submit an expression of interest into a City of Albany art project involving a dead tree in the Ellen Cove seating area.

In conjunction with Vancouver Arts Centre, the City is inviting people to take an “innovative approach” to making the tree a “permanent and exciting component” of the area.

Manager for City Reserves Jacqui Freeman said the tree recently died off and its roots are embedded in the seating area’s retaining walls, so rather than try to remove it, she thought to put the idea out to the community to make the tree a point of interest.

“It’s an opportunity for people who don’t have their artwork out there to have a public art space,” she said.

Vancouver Arts Centre team leader Amber Cordon said she is keen to hear from both emerging and established artists putting forward their ideas about how they would like to see the tree take shape.

“It’s a really lovely family spot here,” she said.

“So, we would be really interested to hear from art groups who want to work with community members, as well as see art designs sensitive to place, such as having a focus on the use of the area and cultural history.

“We welcome all artists, especially emerging artists.”

The budget for the project is $2000 and the artwork must be completed by September 30.

You can express your interest by submitting your idea to or by handing in a hard copy by 4pm on May 28.