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Outdoor Sculpture

In 1989, I visited the Grizedale Sculpture Forest in northern England. This amazing art project in the Lake District is home to both outdoor sculptures and logging activities. Upon my return to Canada, I received funding to create a similar pilot-project in the University of Britsh Columbia's Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Along with two other artists, I spent the summer of 1992 creating on-site installations among scientific experiments.



A Tree Farm

Large sections of the UBC Research Forest are covered in trees planted in perfect rows. These represent early experiments in mechanized tree planting. The idea was to plant, grow and harvest trees just like wheat.

This piece was situated at the edge of a row of trees, overlooking the fenced farmlands of the Fraser Valley. The fence, which outlines a perfect row of trees, is made of branches lying on the forest floor. The branches were cut to study how pruning effects forest growth.

Tree Farm


Optimism of Mechanical Forestry

The Optimism of Mechanical Forestry

Using branches lying on the ground, I tied them together with twine to form the monetary symbols of the Japanese yen, the British pound and the American dollar. Next, I sprayed them with flourescent log-marking paint. When attached to trees on the edge of a plantation, the symbols spell the word "YES".

The exportation of forest products is a major component of British Columbia's economy.



Cedar Cycle

In a shaded grove of Red Cedar trees, I built a ring from naturally curved cedar branches. Resting against two second-growth cedar trees, the ring frames the stump of a tree cut down a hundred years earlier.

Cedar Circle


In 1993, I was commissioned to design an outdoor artwork for the Woodland Drive Bridge in east Vancouver. My final design was four community bird feeders modeled on neighbourhood grocery stores, cafes and picnic tables. As soon as the feeders were installed on the bridge, local residents volunarily stocked them with bird food.

Community Bird Feeders

Bird Feeder 1

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Bird Feeder 2

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Bird Feeder 3

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Bird Feeder 4

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