Rediscover Richmond through its rich array of public art found throughout the city. From a sculpture of a gigantic sturgeon to intricate Indigenous treasure boxes, the works are diverse but all distinctly informed by Richmond’s history and natural environment. This self-guided trail allows you to take your time as you visit unique artistic pieces in three different neighbourhoods—Steveston Village, Richmond Brighouse, and Richmond Oval.
INTERACTIVE MAP OF PUBLIC ARTWORK
Use the three interactive maps below to locate art pieces in the city. We have provided a route for each neighbourhood that will allow you to see art pieces that are near each other. However, feel free to plan your own route, whether it be focusing on one area at a time, or combining areas in an exciting, cross-city adventure.
Click on the number, or name of the artwork, to learn more about it. Each artwork will have a photo, its location, the artist’s name, the material used, and a short description of the background and meaning behind each piece.
Zoom in and out to get the exact location of each artwork.
And above all, prepare to be dazzled, educated, and uplifted by the thriving public art scene in Richmond.
THREE VIBRANT NEIGHBOURHOODS
Each neighbourhood in the Richmond Public Art Trail offers a glimpse of the past, present, and future. Read on to learn more about the history and significance of public art in each neighbourhood.
Picturesque Steveston Village, established during B.C.’s cannery boom in the 1800s, features considerable public art that educates about and celebrates its diverse history and unique coastal location. Works like Steveston Fishermen’s Memorial and Steveston’s Legacy tell stories of the sacrifices and contributions of its fishery workers, while others like Back on Track and Hop on the Train offer a nostalgic look at Steveston’s transportation past.
Especially important to visit are the Nikkei Memorial Public Art Project and the Japanese-Canadian Fishermen’s Memorial “Wind” that depict the hardships of internment, as well as the extraordinary resilience of the Japanese Canadian community. Together, these works of art showcase the people and industries that have contributed so immensely to the growth and vitality of Steveston.
Anchored by the Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line Station, this central area encompasses Richmond’s lively commercial, artistic, cultural, and social activities. Green spaces like Minoru Park and Brighouse Park, recreational facilities, as well as key municipal service buildings like Richmond City Hall and Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1, are also found in this neighbourhood.
Its public art reflects this bustling vibrance, with works like Together, Closer Than, Span, and Soo Gee Ghet (New Generation) that represent community, connection, and intercultural sharing. Others, like Minoru Horse and Richmond’s Firefighter celebrate key parts of the city’s proud history. Meanwhile, Fraser Giant, Perpetual Sunset and Sky Dam, show that, even in its modern urban core, Richmond stays connected to its natural landscape and the wildlife within it.
The area dominated by the Richmond Olympic Oval features a plenitude of public art, with many pieces, like Star Arc, Ice Blade, and Speed Skater, commemorating the athleticism and idealistic spirit of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Many other pieces explore the relationship between the people of Richmond and their natural landscape. Particularly stunning is Sky Garden, an immersive artistic experience that features gigantic red lanterns in the sky, a curved walkway, and a water garden. Other works, such as Fish Trap Way and Hupakwanum: The Chief’s Treasure Box, showcase the talent and innovation of Indigenous artists and their deep reverence for the natural world.