Kelly Cannell Lelem Living Public Art

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Projects > Public and Private Art > A Bird’s Eye View by Kelly Cannell

We’re so inspired by these incredible community “night lights” by Kelly Cannell. Four birds, a Raven, Heron, Eagle and an Owl, adorn all four sides of the Elevator shaft at Lelem Plaza. In addition, silhouettes of trees native to the area are layered behind the birds to complement the natural surroundings of the area.

Kelly describes her inspiration for A Bird’s Eye View:

“This gleaming Elevator Shaft will be Lelem’s landmark, and these represented four birds; the Eagle, the Raven, the Great Blue Heron, and the Owl; each will symbolize the four directions. Lelem will have a compass, a way-finder, a way to navigate and bring light to the community. It will encourage oneself to think about where they are in this place and where they are coming from, and which direction they are going in. Birds make navigation look easy; again, my focus is that I would like to symbolize that these birds are pointing and navigating for us through this urban forest. hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ peoples always have beloved birds, individually they symbolize many vital purposes in our culture. Some celebrated for feeding us, some spiritual messengers between worlds, some powerful spirits and some supernatural.

Artist: Kelly Cannell
Client: Musqueam Capital Corporation
Materials: Painted and vinyl aluminum panels with routed painted aluminum shapes, clear polycarbonate shaped back for halo lighting
Location: Lelem Plaza at UBC, 2520 Acadia Road, Vancouver, BC