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What Lies Beneath by Douglas Senft

What Lies Beneath by Douglas Senft
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Artwork DescriptionHorizontal bronze work
Artwork StatementThe original call was for an integrated work. I chose to work with the ground plane with the intention of engaging the viewer throughout the entire site. Researching the site and immediate area I decided to focus on the physical changes that have occurred within the locale. The imagery for this project was derived (with license) from the mapping and hydrographic surveys done by the British in the early days of exploration. There are three scales to the work. The "creek or stream" that originates from the corner of Blanshard and Humbolt references the original stream that flowed from Rock Bay past Queen Anne's, draining into the harbour.The centre element is an image of water flowing/draining across the mud flats and the last section on the northerly side is derived from the hydrographic survey originally done by the British (before the bay was filled in for the Empress Hotel).

About Douglas Senft

DatesMarch 28, 1950
Artist BioDouglas Senft has been a practicing sculptor since 1972 when he graduated with honours from the Vancouver School of Art. He has had numerous public commissions in Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as exhibiting his work in both public and private galleries. He is the recipient of several Canada Council grants and his work is in private and public collections, The City of Vancouver Municipal Collection, The Art Bank of Canada and Washington State Arts Public Place Collection. The majority of his current practice is involved with the creation of public art within urban centres. Ironically, living in a small community has made it possible for him to pursue the work that he does. He also teaches second year sculpture at North Island College in Courtenay, BC, and is currently working on several large-scale public art projects in the Lower Mainland.
Artist Resume1968-72: Vancouver School of Art, sculptureAwards & Grants 1987 - Canada Council - Project Grant 1980/1978 - Canada Council - Short Term Grant 1977 - 1st prize (sculpture) - Under 30 exhibition - North Shore Art Gallery - North Vancouver, BC 1974 - 1st prize (under 25) - I Concourso International De Escultura - Barcelona, Spain


Artwork TypeSite Integrated
MediumAll cast silicon bronze. The centre bronze element ("estuary") is cast in concrete in place and the balance of the work are cast bronze "pavers" - sand cast bronze that has had a concrete base cast to the underside, creating a "standard unit paver".
Unveiled date2006
Dimensions50' W x 222' long
Reference #2670
SiteAstoria Condominiums, 751 Fairfield Road, Victoria
Art CategoryPrivately Held Public Art
Selection ProcessPrivate: Rezoning Amenity
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: Fairfield



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