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Public Art in Richmond, BC

The City of Richmond’s public art program energizes the city’s public spaces and creates plenty of discussion. There are more than 50 public art pieces to view, located all over Richmond, with plans to add more in the near future.  

Download the city’s public art brochure here. To search for artwork, view artist profiles, and view an interactive locations map, click here.  

Some of the most popular public art pieces include:

- Minoru Horse, a sculpture of the racehorse Minoru, owned by King Edward VII and winner of the 1909 Epsom Derby. It’s located at Minoru Park, the former site of the Minoru Race Track.

- Water Sky Garden, comprised of a red, zigzag bridge, a water garden, and two very large net sculptures, this piece of art is located outside of the Richmond Olympic Oval.  

- Steveston Fishermen’s Memorial, a memorial for fishermen lost at sea consisting of a tall net needle and a bronze mural of fish boats and sea life located at Garry Point Park.

- Sei, a polished silver and copper sculpture depicting a whale breaching out of the water, located in the piazza of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport.  

- Dog Party, a group of whimsical steel figures of dogs reflecting the light-hearted atmosphere of the off-leash dog area in the park east of the intersection of No. 3 Road & Dyke Road.  

Artwork at YVR

If you’re flying in or out of Richmond, keep your eyes open while you’re at YVR (Vancouver International Airport). The art and architecture showcases the best of British Columbia and draws on the themes of land, sea and sky.  YVR’s amazing collection of Northwest Coast Native art includes The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe by Bill Reid, which was once featured on the Canadian $20 bill, and the Clayoquot Welcome Figures by Joe David, which have traditionally been temporarily positioned on the beach in front of villages, with arms stretched out to welcome and greet guests.

Learn more about the artwork on display at YVR here.

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