Streams of Consciousness

Streams of Consciousness, a public art project initially envisioned and executed by the artist Katherine Kerr in the year 2000, speaks the the city and the legacy of industry. The scale and details of this specialty bridge project refer to the rail industry that came to fell the forests, amongst other ambitions. The text refers to the salmon stocks depleted by industry and resulting development, that have affected this once salmon-bearing stream that it crosses. 

The original bridge as installed in 2000

The newly replaced planks. The text stayed true to the original bridge in content and orientation. The planks are yellow cedar, with laser-cut letting in pacific yew.

After 20 years of exposure to the elements and wear with use, the bridge was in need of an upgrade. Working closely with Katherine Kerr and the City of North Vancouver, we were able to rehabilitate this bridge back to pristine condition. 

Conceptually, the woods were selected for their preciousness to the west coast forests. The new yellow cedar decking was milled at our workshop, and the pacific yew lettering was custom cut by a local manufacturer. All the wood was sourced from within B.C.

After being stripped, structurally upgraded, and refinished to like new condition, the bridge is expected to last for another 20+ years. 

The bridge before replacement, aged and worn but the lettering remained in good condition.

Replacement planks being milled in our workshop

After installationof the planks, the beams and railings have been refinished to original colours.