|Cawston Ave & Abbott St
Look for design elements representing the Okanagan in the inner circle (fish and waves), the corners (trees and fruit), and the edges (sun). These grates are a good example of functional public art.
Each cast iron grate is forty-eight inches square, with a depth of one inch at the perimeter. The grate's inner ring can be removed to accommodate tree growth.
As the cast iron is exposed to the elements it oxidizes and develops a rust-coloured hue; eventually the grates will be dark brown.
The tree grates have been installed along Cawston Avenue and in the Arts Common west of the Rotary Centre for the Arts as well as various locations throughout downtown and the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area.
A one-stage $2,500 competition invited artists to create a tree grate design to be installed within the Downtown Kelowna Town Centre. Due to the specific complexities of metal fabrication, the artists were invited to meet with the pattern maker from the foundry in Penticton to review the casting process and its influence on design.
In October, 2000, the Public Art Committee selected Crystal Przybille’s hand drawn graphic from seven submissions. The design was finalized while the artist was completing a six-month artist residency in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2001.
Mayor Walter Gray officially dedicated the Elemental design on November 2, 2002, in conjunction with the official opening of the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
Born in Vernon, B.C., Crystal Przybille holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from the University of Victoria. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in British Columbia, Quebec and the Netherlands, and has completed artist residencies in the Netherlands and Nunavut. She resides in Winfield, north of Kelowna.