This year’s Squamish Valley Music Festival was a special one, especially for the debut of their new visual arts program.
brand.LIVE and Live Nation teamed up with local artist/curator Drew Young, to produce a robust site-wide program including large scale murals and sculpture installations. Each piece was conceptualized and produced by over 40 locally and internationally celebrated artists who specialize in a wide spectrum of creative disciplines.
Festival-goers engaged immediately with hundreds of sculptural works at the main gates. Upon entering the grounds, attendees continued to walk past a massive rendition of this year’s Poly Bear mascot before ultimately arriving at the program’s mecca – The Art Pavilion.
The Pavilion was a three-tiered arts castle giving attendees a constantly evolving day/night arts experience and incredible vantage points to view performances. The structure was wrapped with 20 live-painted murals and was the home of one of the world’s largest mechanized kaleidoscopes. At night, the pavilion was illuminated by an incredible light and laser display was well as a 40 foot psychedelic interactive animation wall.
This festival has become the playground the West Coast art community deserves.
Artists represented at this year’s Squamish Festival visual arts program included: