Salmon are an integral part of Coquitlam’s story – they’re the city’s namesake, they were 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.
Later this year, 12 large decorated salmon sculptures will be permanently installed in prominent locations around Coquitlam as part of a public art project celebrating Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary.
In keeping with the Coquitlam 125 vision Stories told – stories to be created, the sculptures will be adorned with designs reflecting the City’s past, present and future.
Corporate and community sponsors are being sought to bring this meaningful legacy art project to life.
- Twelve salmon sculptures have been designed and fabricated from reinforced composite fibreglass by award-winning Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield.
- The sculptures are over 6 feet tall, 5½ feet deep and 1½ feet wide.
- Twelve artists have been selected from among 41 submissions to decorate the sculptures.
- The completed artwork will be unveiled July 23 and 24 at the Kaleidoscope arts festival, a signature Coquitlam 125 event.
- Later this year, the sculptures will be permanently installed in high-traffic locations around the community (see below) as a legacy of Coquitlam 125.
- The project is being funded by corporate partners and community sponsors.
Sculpture designs and locations
The 12 artists bring diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences and inspiration to the project, resulting in a wide variety of creative and colourful designs reflecting many different aspects of the community.
Read a backgrounder with more details about the artists.
Lafarge Lake (Pinetree Way) – artist Maria Centola: The design will depict Town Centre in acrylic paint and capture how Coquitlam expresses itself through sports, arts, education and community events.
Mackin Park (one of two, Lougheed Highway and King Edward Street) – artist Wilfrido Limvalencia: In acrylic paint, the design will transform the sculpture into a map of the Fraser and Coquitlam Rivers, dotted with local landmarks and natural elements.
Mackin Park (one of two, Lougheed Highway and King Edward Street) – artist Jolayne Devente: Referencing Fraser Mills, the design will cover the sculpture in abstracted cedar bark in blues and purple, with cracks of yellow, orange and red creating the impression that the sculpture is burning from within.
Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (Poirier Street) – artist Elvira DS: Created with acrylic paints and small mirror mosaics, the 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.
Coquitlam Crunch (Lansdowne Drive) – artist Jenna Mortemore: The design will feature personal stories and experiences of Coquitlam residents and celebrate everyday occurrences, within an illustrated map of the neighbourhood.
Blue Mountain Park (King Albert Avenue and Porter Street) – artist Dennis Creighton: The 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.
Poirier Public Library (Poirier Street) – artist Iman Baradaran Hashemi: In acrylic paint, the design will show the diversity of cultures in Coquitlam with human figures, circles and natural elements.
City Hall (Pinetree Way and Burlington Drive) – artist Shohre Shirazi: In acrylic paint, the design will portray a 21st century Coquitlam that cares about the environment, while introducing rapid transit as a symbol of speed and the future.
Victoria Park (Soball Street and Victoria Drive) – artist Cory Douglas: The design will use 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.
Cottonwood Park (Foster Avenue and Aspen Street) – artist Elham Sarvi: The design will reflect the cultural diversity of Coquitlam, and use motifs inspired by the Korean, Chinese and Iranian cultures to promote peace and harmony.
Como Lake Park (Gatensbury Street) – artist Flavia Chan: Floral elements, migrating salmon and a playful mascot named Kwetlem are part of the design, which represents Coquitlam moving towards a bright future.
Mundy Park (Hillcrest Street) – artist April Lacheur: Telling the story of Coquitlam’s past, present and future, the colourful and hopeful design will incorporate salmon, First Nation elements, a river, a tree and mountains.
Corporate partners and community sponsors are being sought to support the salmon art project. Each sculpture requires a $5,000 sponsorship and can be sponsored by individuals, businesses or other organizations.
Sponsoring a salmon sculpture is a great way to give back to the community and raise the profile of an organization or business.
Sponsor names and/or logos will be included on a plaque at the sculpture site, on signage during the unveiling ceremony, and on a variety of online and print promotions.
For more details, check out the Coquitlam 125 Salmon Project Fact Sheet.
A number of locations have already been sponsored; see below for a list of Salmon Project Partners.
The sockeye disappeared after the construction of a dam in the early 1900s, but nearly a century later, the Kwikwetlem people, working with local stakeholder groups, have successfully brought the sockeye back to spawn in the Coquitlam River.
Chosen for their historical significance, salmon will become eye-catching works of art that illustrate Coquitlam’s past, present and future.
About Jody Broomfield
An award-winning artist of the Squamish Nation, Jody Broomfield has been selected to design and fabricate the 12 salmon sculptures. Jody has been a full-time artist since 1999 and enjoys working with a variety of mediums, including metal, fibreglass, wood and stone.
Salmon Project Partners
We’d like to extend a big thank you to our partners for supporting the Salmon Project to commemorate our anniversary year and leave a lasting legacy for our community for years to come.
Blue Mountain Park“The Austin Heights Business Improvement Association (AHBIA) is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of the business and property owners in Austin Heights; develops, encourages and promotes business; aesthetically improves the business district and works to keep it clean and safe. AHBIA is pleased to partner with the City of Coquitlam to celebrate the City’s 125th anniversary. We believe that a healthy, thriving business community contributes to the neighbourhood, and as such, we are happy to sponsor the salmon art project in Blue Mountain Park.” Erin Davidson, Executive Director
City Hall“The Onni Group has always been committed to building community and being an active participant in the communities in which it conducts business. With a long history in the City of Coquitlam, it is with great pride that we provide our support in celebrating Coquitlam 125, and the city’s continued path towards vibrancy and growth.” Nick Belmar, Vice President, Sales, The Onni Group
“Since 1985, Marcon has built and developed over 9,300 exceptional homes across the Lower Mainland. With a reputation as one of British Columbia’s most respected builder-developers. Marcon is known for its trusted quality and dedication to detail, examples of which can be seen from North Vancouver to White Rock. Marcon is proud to support and help celebrate Coquitlam 125 and looks forward to being involved in the continued growth of Coquitlam.” Marcon Group of Companies
Town Centre Park – Lafarge Lake“At Square Nine Developments, our trademark is superbly crafted, distinctive homes with an emphasis on quality every step of the way. From our architects to our engineers and construction trades people, we work with the best in the industry. They bring the quality workmanship our company is proud to offer. We also strive to meet our commitment of being a part of the community. Working with the City of Coquitlam and being a part of their milestone 125th anniversary is important to us. We look forward to introducing many more milestones with the City of Coquitlam.” Manish Sharma, Director