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Large-scale public art could soon grace brewery tanks in Chilliwack

Chilliwack and Molson Coors plan public art visible from highway, call goes out for artists
Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery at Chilliwack. (Molson Coors Canada)

A large-scale public art project could one day grace the Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery in Chilliwack.

The brewery site features three giant cylindrical tanks on the highway-facing side that could become a blank canvas for a future artistic statement.

City council approved the plan for a public art project at 45620 Kerr Road, after discussions with Molson Coors officials, as detailed in the Dec. 7 council meeting agenda package, with a call going out for artist proposals.

The matter of public art on private land was mentioned in the city staff report: “Previous practice has been to not fund public art on private property however this location is felt to be prime in that the magnitude of the project would provide a powerful visual for those travelling westbound on Highway 1 complementing the Sto:lo welcoming figures located further westbound.”

A procurement process similar to those followed in the past for public art approvals will seek out qualified artists with proposals, who will submit designs to the Chilliwack Public Art Committee. The committee will then make a recommendation to council based on a preferred design for final approval.

The new artwork could eventually be visible from near and far given the height of the cylinders. The visual impact of this project might be comparable to the large-scale public art on the concrete plant at Granville Island.

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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