Flood of Memories

Flood of Memories

Location:
Surrey Museum, 17710 56A Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3S 5H8, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Anholt, Jill
Text author(s): 
Anholt, Jill
Installation year: 
2005
Remarks on location: 

At the entrance to the Museum and Discovery Centre

Description: 

A form reminiscent of a dyke remnant rests on the grassy plane. On one side, deposits of text and images are left on the wall, almost like watermarks from the recession of high water held back by the form in the past. The phrases and images recall multicultural and multigenerational memories from residents related to their past experiences with Surrey’s waterways. On the other side, a vibrant growing garden reveals the fertility of Surrey’s land that has resulted.

Text of the artwork: 

In French, Chinese, German, Hindi, Punjabi, English

 

rivière = river
terre fertile = fertile land
eau salée = saltwater
inondation = flooding
construction de digue = dyke building

Text theme: 
Water
Artwork theme: 
Long history of the community’s dyke building efforts to control local rivers; multicultural and multigenerational memories from residents related to their past experiences with Surrey’s waterways; the fertility of Surrey’s land that has resulted from the controlled waterways.
Note(s): 

• Budget: $38,000

Owner(s): 
City of Surrey Public and Community Art Collection
Document(s): 

Projects. Flood of Memories

Anholt, Jill (2008).  Projects. Flood of Memories. <http://www.jillanholt.ca/projects/> : Jill Anholt Studio