"Tree Snag" sculpture by Douglas Coupland installed in West Vancouver (PHOTOS)

Apr 14 2021, 2:29 pm

Construction crews are currently in the process of installing a tree driftwood-inspired sculpture within the public plaza of the Grosvenor Ambleside complex on West Vancouver’s waterfront.

This public art piece by local artist Douglas Coupland, namedĀ Tree Snag, measuring 30 ft in height and about 30 feet in width, is located mid-block on Bellevue Avenue next to Ancora restaurant at the south end of the plaza.

According to a project backgrounder, Coupland’s inspiration for the concept comes from a piece of fir tree driftwood he came across in the 1960s at the residence of his late friend, Gordon Smith.

Tree SnagĀ is one of a number of public art pieces commissioned by developer Grosvenor Americas for the recently built, mixed-use complex.

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Artistic rendering of Douglas Coupland’s Tree Snag sculpture at Grosvenor Ambleside in West Vancouver. (Grosvenor Americas)

The public art concept was approved by the municipal government in 2014, with a “constellation effect” of installations surrounding Grosvenor Ambleside, “so people could discover public art from the beach, the surrounding bike and walking paths, or from the restaurant patio.”

“The concept of strolling and encountering these ‘drifted forms as if found on a beach’ is to recreate a favourite pastime for many West Vancouverites ā€“ beachcombing along Amblesideā€™s shores.”

A total of four installations by Coupland are found at the location, including the 2018-installedĀ Float Stack andĀ Whale Vertebra, and 2020-installedĀ Deer Vertebra.

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Installation progress of Douglas Coupland’s Tree Snag sculpture at Grosvenor Ambleside in West Vancouver. Captured on April 14, 2021. (Daily Hive)

Tree Snag is made up of four layers of resin and fiberglass, which makes this a water-tight installation. After the artwork is secured into position this week, the finishing work will continue for several weeks, when smaller sections will be added to create the final driftwood form.

In 2016, Coupland also completed a tree-inspired installation at the intersection of Marine Drive and Cambie Street in South Vancouver, next to SkyTrain’s Marine Drive Station. TheĀ Golden Tree,Ā a replica of the famous Hollow Tree in Stanley Park, was commissioned by the site’s tower developer.

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Installation progress of Douglas Coupland’s Tree Snag sculpture at Grosvenor Ambleside in West Vancouver. Captured on April 14, 2021. (Daily Hive)

Golden Tree by Douglas Coupland at the intersection of Marine Drive and Cambie Street in South Vancouver. (Intracorp)

Grosvenor Ambleside’s two buildings, separated by the covered outdoor public plaza, include 99 homes in the upper levels and 37,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space on the ground level. Other than Ancora, other commercial tenants include theĀ flagship Earls restaurantĀ and Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant.

TheĀ Meinhardt Fine Foods grocery store opened in Summer 2018, but it closed about a year later.

This redevelopment was pursued by the municipal government for the purpose of catalyzing the revitalization of the Ambleside retail village.

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