Sunday, May 22, 2016

Turning The Tap On At New Aquatic Centre

A GIANT FAUCET handle in the sky caught my eye recently as I drove by the new Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey. (Click on the link to see inside and to learn how this grand building was designed.)

I stopped to explore and found sparkling water in the Olympic sized swimming pool within the facility. The main pool contains 4.3 million litres of luscious liquid drops.

The tap was turned on artistically at two different locations outside the building. A fawn sculpture near the entrance was designed to welcome youth who simply came to splash, play and have fun.

Around the corner, six chrome deer symbolized the spirit of competition. The animals were transformed into two streams of water surging towards one another, their antlers intertwined and locked as if in battle.

Pierre Sasseville and Jean-François Cooke created the work called Circulation. (See more of their unusual pieces at the link.) The artistic soulmates, based in Quebec, have worked together for over 15 years.

The red and blue colours of the pipes not only symbolize hot and cold water but also the vascular system where good circulation (often enhanced by swimming) is key to healthy human plumbing.

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  1. Fabulous place! I would love to visit it ... I'd Look around at the creative and appropriate sculptures and then have a lovely swim . And maybe a picnic lunch after. What a great day that would be. I love to swim by the way, tho I am so slow and sedate that I don't get much cardio benefit. Just a wonderful relaxing stretch though!

  2. I like the sculptures, to me they're very unusual, well in my part of the world they are :-)

  3. Hello, having the aquatic center nearby would be awesome. I love the cool sculptures. Great post and photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  4. Wonderful and creative photography and what a wonderful job they did designing this new place ~ love the sculptures ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  5. Am assuming these interesting sculptures were designed with the swimming pool in mind.

  6. These set of sculptures are some of the most interesting ones I’ve ever seen. It’s so unique in design and fun to listen to what they symbolize. Above all, I like your way of presentation with wonderful photos.


  7. Very cool sculptures! Love them in fact. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a nice comment. I did not see the Carol Burnett sketch but I do remember thinking of that scene when the curtains were taken down so that Scarlet could make her dress, as soon as I saw the one in the visitor center. Happy day to you :)

  8. I didn't know of Pierre Sasseville and Jean-François Cooke and thank you for introducing them! They are amazing sculptors! I love the symbolism (indoor and outdoor plumbing - just brilliant), playfulness, creativity and sheer beauty of this work. I wonder if you will be making use of the new aquatic centre. I haven't done much swimming since leaving Quebec but you are making me think I should take it up again and we do have a very nice aquatic centre nearby
    . If only there were a few more hours in our days. :)

  9. The giant faucet is fantastic. Looks like a wonderful place to explore. You are so great at capturing whimsical aspects of life.


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