Feature Story Tuesday, September 30, 2014
CADREB celebrates its 50th anniversary with gift of a sculpture to the city
ayor Sharon Gaetz pulled the cord to unveil what is being described as Chilliwack’s first public art at a private function Saturday in front of the Cultural Centre.
In commemoration of their first fifty years in the city, Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board gifted the city a beautiful metal sculpture called "Visions" that was designed and created by local artist Jim Unger from Clayburn Copperworks.
Unger created the 15’ tall welded metal artwork which features a series of picture frames whimsically attached to a stem. It’s mounted on a cement base. A gentle arc in the sculpture graphically points to the words Chilliwack Cultural Center on the wall behind it.
Unger considers himself to be a non-conformist. So, when he was asked to create a sculpture that represented a kind of unified vision people have of the city, he wasn’t sure that he had that single vision concept.
He decided the art should be left open to people’s own interpretation. That led him to creating his sculpture.
“The sculpture I proposed was 9 picture frames of varying sizes,” says Unger in a CADREB backgrounder. “It’s not a significant number, but enough that if people look at the piece, maybe their vision of the future of Chilliwack can find a space in one of the frames and give others a place for their visions as well."
Unger praised City Council and Parks Director of Gord Pederson, and thanked CADREB for its dedication to helping families get homes in Chilliwack.
CADREB President Jake Siemens told about 50-75 guests at the unveiling that the board wanted something that would depict their role in the community.
“The sculpture is aptly named “Visions.” said Siemens. "CADREB’s board of directors and its members believe in the quality of life and with that, we believe that what is good for the community, is good for real estate.”
Siemens said the board met over the course of a year to brainstorm something they could give the city, that was within their budget, as a legacy to celebrate their anniversary. Eventually they came up with the idea of a work of art.
The Chilliwack Symphony was busy with a performance of the Magic Flute, so members of the Syrinx String Quartet from Vancouver came out to play some very beautiful music for guests at the event.
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