They Travelled These Roads public art at Burquitlam Station, Evergreen Line

They Travelled These Roads is carved in granite from Nelson Island on the Sunshine Coast that was hewn in Coquitlam. The circle of a saw blade, representing Fraser Mills, frames the junction of North Road and Clark Road where Burquitlam Station is now located. In 1859 Colonel Richard Moody had a pack trail built from New Westminster due north to Burrard Inlet — the first ‘road’ built in the new Colony of British Columbia. In 1861 the trail was upgraded to a wagon road — renamed North Road — to allow military supplies and personnel to come from Burrard Inlet should New Westminster be attacked from the south or the Fraser River freeze over.

By sharing this history of transportation in the area through art, I hope that transit users will gain a sense of their place in time and the continuum that connects the wagon roads of the 1800s to the Evergreen Line of the 21st century.

Mia Weinberg - Artist in a Hardhat

ARTIST STATEMENT

Mia Weinberg’s work is deeply grounded in her belief that art has the potential to serve as a point of focus—a spark—that can lead us to become more present and engaged in our world.
By presenting the ordinary in extraordinary ways she aspires to re-awaken viewers to the wonder and mystery of those common things in our world that are so often overlooked. She explores connections between the natural environment and the places where we live, our personal memories, and our collective civic and cultural stories. Mia’s public art projects are designed to resonate with the location where they will be placed. Her creative process involves an initial phase of research that enables her to develop a fuller understanding of the geography, diverse cultural histories, and natural environment of the site surrounding a project. It is a process she particularly enjoys, as she is keen to ensure that her public installations are relevant to the people who encounter them.

ARTIST

BIOGRAPHY

Born in London, England, Mia Weinberg left a career in industrial manufacturing, and moved
to Vancouver in 1987. Since graduating from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1994, her installation and photo-based art has been exhibited across Canada and in Europe, and is held in public and private collections locally and internationally. Mia has collaborated with artists, ballet dancers and musicians. For the past decade, Mia has specialised in creating site-specific public art combining her professional training and years of experience as an artist with a background in materials technology, industrial engineering, and production control. She has demonstrated adaptability and excellent communication skills when coordinating with Arts Councils, project managers, architects, subcontractors and community members.

Mia is a strong advocate for the arts, a Past President of CARFAC BC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens), and an active member of Women In Architecture. She has been a guest instructor at Emily Carr University, Simon Fraser University and San Diego State University, and has served on a number of public art juries. At the 2017 conference of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Mia presented her talk “Insights from an artist in a hardhat: integrating public art into architectural projects.”

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