Erica Stocking and I were selected to produce a permanent public art piece for the City of Vancouver at the newly minted Hillcrest Community Centre in Mount Pleasant.
After a long period of research and conversation, Erica and I chose to create a ‘Geyser’ for Hillcrest Park, a venue with a rich and varied community and civic history. This water feature is a reference to both the natural and man-made elements of the Hillcrest Community Centre: it is thematically tied to the history of underground streams in the area, and is also mechanically tied to the LEED-certified building’s grey water collection cistern; meaning it operates only when the community’s water use demands it (water is flushed back into the cistern for use in irrigation and washroom facilities). With every explosion, the Hillcrest Geyser effectively reveals the city-designed infrastructure that define the water use on site (the community centre also features a very popular aquatic centre and skating rink)– in much the same way that Old Faithful, for instance, makes visible the earth’s natural rumblings.
The permanent public artwork is part of the City of Vancouver Public Art Program and is situated at Hillcrest Park in Vancouver– at the intersection of 29th Avenue and Ontario Street. It was inaugurated on September 15, 2012.
A pdf of the publication, with a text written by Kimberly Phillips, is here