A 43’ high glass and glulam installation marks a public plaza and is visible from the library and all approaches. The glass has an abstracted, lifesize image of a cedar tree. Framed by this sculpture, and set on the concrete wall behind, is a text installation which interprets the meaning of the imagery - the two are read together.
The original is unfaithful to the translation.
Jorge Luis Borges
Arboreus is informed by the imagery of a giant cedar - a reference to the tree of knowledge, the historic logging industry of Lynn Valley, and the local forested landscape.
Although the image appears to be a magnificent old grown cedar, lifesize, it is an abstraction, transformed in various ways (including scale, digital manipulation, media, transparency, sitting within an urban context) of an iconic historical photo: Pine Tree, Alexander Rodchenko, 1925.
A further use of text is the latin phrase layered over the image: the scientific name for the Western Red Cedar, Cupressaceae Thuja plicata - a mislabelling.