1475 Water Street

The Work

Commissioned by the College while the artist was still a visual arts student here, this commemorative sun dial, shaped like an open book, plays with the movement of light and shadow through the steel "pages".

Alan Storey comments on his public art works as follows: "Part of the philosophy in my approach is that a work of art in the public realm should intrigue and engage a passerby into an exploratory investigation of the content and its relationship to the surrounding site." (from an article by John K. Grande in the autumn 2002 issue of ESPACE Sculpture Magazine, Montreal)

The Artist

Alan Storey was born in Summerland, BC and began his prestigious career with visual arts studies at Okanagan College, going on to complete a BFA at the University of Victoria in 1982.

He is now based in Vancouver and specializes in the design and manufacture of site responsive installation sculpture for the public, private and gallery realms, large scale public art, and private installations of art, furniture, and interior design.

He also has a long history of research and development into mark making/drawing machines.

Some of the artist's best known public art works include the ‘Pendulum’ installation in the HSBC Bank building on Georgia Street in Vancouver and ‘Compass’ for the new City Hall in Bellevue, Washington. 'Compass'; was selected by the Americans for the Arts Societies Year in Review in 2006 as one of the top 20 Public Art installations out of over 400 in the USA.

In 2003 he received a two-year fellowship as Artist in Residence with the National Research Council Institute and continues to work with them. He has received numerous Canada Council awards and in 1996, a VIVA award.

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