Fabricated from reinforced composite fibreglass, the sculptures are over 6 feet tall, 5.5 feet deep and 1.5 feet wide.
Twelve salmon sculptures are installed at various locations within the City of Coquitlam.
Salmon are an integral part of Coquitlam’s story. Coquitlam’s name is derived from the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) term for "small red salmon," from the days when the Coquitlam River was thick with sockeye salmon. They were also an important food source for early residents (First Nations and European alike), and in modern times, their continuing presence in our local rivers is an important reminder of the nature around us.
In keeping with the Coquitlam 125 vision "Stories told, stories to be created," 12 artists were selected from among 41 submissions to decorate the sculptures. The salmon sculptures, with their completed artwork, were unveiled July 23 and 24 at the Kaleidoscope arts festival, a signature Coquitlam 125 event. They were then permanently installed in high traffic locations throughout the community as a legacy of Coquitlam 125. The project was funded by corporate partners and community sponsors.
A graduate of Capilano University’s IDEA Program (illustration and graphic design) and Studio Art Program, Creighton’s illustrations have appeared in a number of publications and his mural adorns the east wall of Lonsdale Quay.
975 King Albert Avenue | King Albert Avenue and Porter Street
His design is a series of images depicting the creation, discovery and growth of Coquitlam, with imagery such as the river, migrating salmon, First Nations and French Canadians.
Shirazi is an artist and drawing teacher who moved to Coquitlam from Iran in 1999 and has been inspired by the City’s diversity. She has participated in a number of Tri-City exhibits and art projects in the past several years.
3000 Guildford Way | Pinetree Way and Burlington Drive
Depicted in acrylic paint, Shirazi’s design portrayed a 21st century Coquitlam that cares about and preserves the environment, while introducing rapid transit as symbol of speed and the future.
Chan is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design whose art is inspired by patterns found in nature. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibits in Metro Vancouver and the United States, and has worked with 3D objects such as vinyl toys and a sheep sculpture.
700 Gatensbury Street
Floral elements, migrating salmon and a playful mascot named Kwetlem are part of her design, which represents Coquitlam moving towards a bright future.
Dr. Sean Kelly, Como Lake Village Dental Centre, with support from Lisa B. and Erik K.
Jenna Mortemore began her career as an artist in Edmonton, where she earned a diploma in 3D animation and modelling. She has participated in a number of chalk mural projects and juried exhibits, along with community-based art projects.
Coquitlam Crunch trail, off Lansdowne Drive
Her design features personal stories and experiences of Coquitlam residents and celebrates everyday occurrences, within an illustrated map of the neighbourhood.
Dr. David Owers, Ageless Radiance MedSpa
A full-time artist, Iman Baradaran Hashemi has a master’s degree in painting and animation and was a member of the faculty of painting at Iran’s Azad University for more than 15 years. He has completed three murals and participated in a number of group and solo exhibits over the years.
575 Poirier Street
Using acrylic paint, Hashemi showed the diversity of cultures in Coquitlam with human figures, circles, and natural elements.
An art instructor and full-time artist, Elham Sarvi has been painting, drawing, sculpting and taking photographs for more than 20 years, and has exhibited her work in numerous shows in Iran, Ontario, California, and Metro Vancouver.
672 Aspen Street | Foster Avenue and Aspen Street
Sarvi’s design reflects the cultural diversity of Coquitlam, and used motifs inspired by the Korean, Chinese, and Iranian cultures to promote peace and harmony.
Born and raised in Coquitlam, Maria Centola is an artist/illustrator and a recent graduate of Capilano University’s IDEA Program (illustration and graphic design) who wants to use her art to convey the essence of her community.
Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way
Centola’s design depicts Town Centre in acrylic paint and captures how Coquitlam expresses itself through sports, arts, education, and community events.
Manish Sharma, Square Nine Developments
A professional artist, Wilfrido Limvalencia produces colourful and detailed artwork and has participated in public art projects as the BC Lions Society’s terracotta warriors and Richmond’s Number 3 Road art columns.
1046 Brunette Avenue | Lougheed Highway and King Edward Street
Using acrylic paint, Limvalencia transformed the sculpture into a map of the Fraser and Coquitlam Rivers, dotted with local landmarks and natural elements.
West Coast landscapes inspire Jolayne Devente, who has degrees in graphic design and commercial art and has participated in numerous showings, live painting events and auctions around Metro Vancouver.
1046 Brunette Avenue | Lougheed Highway and King Edward Street
Referencing Fraser Mills, her design covered the sculpture in abstract cedar bark in blues and purple, with cracks of yellow, orange, and red creating the impression the sculpture is burning from within.
A professional artist, April Lacheur has shown her work at a number of solo and group shows in British Columbia and Ontario, and has created several commissioned paintings and projects such as wall murals and street banner work.
641 Hillcrest Street
Telling the story of Coquitlam’s past, present and future, her colourful and hopeful design incorporated salmon, First Nation elements, a river, a tree, and mountains.
Holding a university degree in design from Mexico, DS has produced more than 100 murals and has lately been working with 3D objects, including rescued pianos.
633 Poirier Street
Created with acrylic paints and small mirror mosaics, her design will represent the past, present and future, and include a female side with the word "Kwikwetlem" and the year 1891, and a male side with "Coquitlam" and 2016.
A member of the Squamish Nation, Cory Douglas blends Coast Salish iconography with his signature style, influenced by a background in art and architecture. His work has been widely shown in Metro Vancouver and Squamish.
3435 Victoria Drive (Salmon sculpture has not been installed, as park is undergoing redevelopment)
Douglas used Coast Salish elements such as the orca, bear, eagle, and salmon to tell a story in acrylic paint inspired by migrating salmon and their relationship to their natural predators.