People invited to grab some tools and participate in creating large sculpture
What: Small World, community art event
Who: Public, volunteers, UBC Okanagan’s sculpture professor Samuel Roy-Bois
When: Saturday, July 4
Where: Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage site, bottom of Dilworth Mountain, Mill Creek Linear Park
Small World takes place Saturday, July 4, at the Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage site at the bottom of Dilworth Mountain along Mill Creek Linear Park in Kelowna. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Drop in at any time during the day to participate.
Using two popular catch-phrases “it’s a small world” and “six degrees of separation,” artists at UBC’s Okanagan campus are inviting people to participate in this public art project.
Small World is a community art event created by Samuel Roy-Bois, sculpture professor with UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS). The project’s name refers to Stanley Milgram’s experiment demonstrating the six-degrees of separation between people. It is an invitation to create a large three-dimensional representation of human and nature interconnections, says Roy-Bois.
“Throughout the day the public is invited to do some light carpentry, adding segments to the colourful wooden structure and witness the growth and development of this beautiful collective sculptural work,” Roy-Bois says. “This intricate sculptural web of sticks and nodes will be a symbolic representation of the fragile ecosystem shared by both humans and pollinators and of our deep interdependence.”
Small world is also a celebration of the collective effort and the pleasure of fabricating. All materials, components and tools will be provided on site. The event is the second installment of Bee Central: A Community Art Pollinator Project, part of the UBC Okanagan Eco Art Incubator.
Bee Central is part of a larger plan to introduce and stimulate a ‘buzz’ about bees and the Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Park, particularly to attract a diverse community to help with the planting, building and maintaining of a Public Art Pollinator Pasture in Kelowna. Bee Central is partly made possible by a Community Public Art Grant from the City of Kelowna.
For more information about UBC Okanagan Eco Art Incubator projects or to become a volunteer, please contact FCCS Assoc. Prof. Nancy Holmes, firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-807-9369. Or visit: blogs.ubc.ca/theecoartincubator