Three artists commissioned for R6 Scott Road RapidBus public art

Ora Sawyers
Remaining to correct: Angela Aujla, Jessie Sohpaul and Keerat Kaur

We’ve commissioned a few artists with connections to Surrey and Delta’s South Asian community, culture and heritage to generate general public artworks alongside the new R6 Scott Street RapidBus route.

TransLink and a panel of South Asian art industry experts chosen Keerat Kaur, Angela Aujla and Jessie Sohpaul for a new mosaic and shelter glazing.

Headshot of Keerat Kaur
Keerat Kaur

Keerat Kaur was chosen to develop a mosaic for the new R6 RapidBus median bus end at 72 Avenue and Scott Highway. This median island in-lane bus prevent will be unique in TransLink’s technique.

She is a Canadian-born artist and architect with Sikh-Panjabi roots. Her perform has usually revolved around revitalizing features of Panjabi-Sikh lifestyle, whilst simultaneously advertising and marketing inclusivity and local community engagement.

Keerat explains her mosaic layout is “influenced by the aesthetics of the Punjabi flooring dari, or carpet, with a few major bouquets and three emblematic birds, each carrying profound symbolic which means inside Punjabi and Sikh poetics. The highlighted motifs encompass the marigold (celebration), the parakeet (playfulness), the lotus (perseverance), the peacock (regality), the rose (magnificence), and the eagle (toughness).”

Headshot of Angela Aujla
Angela Aujla

Angela Aujla was chosen to structure bus shelter glazing for the new Kwantlen Polytechnic College (KPU) eastbound quit and the northbound end at 72 and Scott Highway.

She is a visible artist and professor who engages with archival components and cultural objects to discover the interaction concerning lifestyle, memory and record.

Angela’s layouts will “draw from Sikh iconography, embed conventional Panjabi phulkari textile and element the Northern Goshawk, known in Panjabi as the baaj. The baaj is the state hen of the Panjab, which can be located in Sikh scriptures and artwork, and has habitat in the Decreased Mainland.”

Headshot of Jessie Sohpaul
Jessie Sohpaul

Jessie Sohpaul was picked to style and design bus shelter glazing for the new southbound median bus cease at 72 Avenue and Scott Street and for the new westbound bus halt at 128 Street and 72 Avenue.

He is a multidisciplinary artist, dependent out of Vancouver, whose function is intensely influenced by his experience as a to start with technology born into a Punjabi immigrant relatives and elevated in Canada.

Jessie shared his “vision for the R6 venture is to produce a lens into migration and movement. The intention is to make a piece that seeks to rejoice the journey and is a pause minute for reflection. The form of the function is based on the intricate Jaali styles (lattices) and will act as windows into the lives of men and women and riders.”

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This is the first time we have commissioned general public artwork for a RapidBus route. The 3 artists will finalize their layouts over the coming months with the installation of these major community artworks expected in November 2023.

Debra Rolfe, a senior planner who leads on general public artwork initiatives at TransLink, suggests: “We are thrilled to deliver the work of these 3 fantastic artists to the R6 route in Surrey and Delta and to rejoice the area’s wealthy South Asian group and society.”

The installation will precede the launch of the R6 Scott Highway RapidBus service in early 2024, TransLink’s greatest company expansion because 2020.

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