The first of this year’s new Arts Alive sculptures have been installed as Oak Bay’s annual outdoor art display is finally turning over after COVID-19 delays.
Fallen Friends by Steve Milroy, was installed in front of Pharmasave (its sponsor) on Oak Bay Avenue, and Leaf Weathervane by Doug Taylor is in place at McNeill Bay, and sponsored by Marc Owen-Flood.
“And there are more coming,” said Oak Bay Arts Laureate, Barbara Adams. “We’re getting there. With this pandemic, staff has working hard to get everything reorganized, and it is coming. Patience.”
The first two were installed with an air of mystery as there are no nameplates or descriptions yet for the new sculptures, nor has the Oak Bay website been updated. But, as Adams points out, that can add to the viewer’s experience as they digest the art.
Some of last year’s Arts Alive sculptures have hung around a bit longer than originally scheduled, though some have moved on, including a pair to Castlegar where there is a similar outdoor summer art show.