Monthly Archives: March 2016

Big Ideas 2016 – Vancouver Biennale






The 2016 Biennale ‘Big Ideas program is underway and Stephen is working with 120+ kids in Richmond’s Quinchelna school to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of it’s founding. This years program theme of Crossroads and Open Boarders is in its second year of exploration.

The following images are to illistrate design layout potentials for the use of paint and concrete pavers in the Qilchena project. There is no use of specific colours or illustration for either the paint or pavers. The design eliments and configuration are illustrative only and are not to scale.


The proposed piece could accommodate both writen and illustrative elements from the students work.

The students each create individual elements for the design to be incorporated into an illustrative composition to actively symbolize the formation of a larger community. The design was intended to be interactive in both the design development and in the works use in a play environment.

Symbols, Themes, Slogans and Mottos:

One in a million not one of a million – Unique is joy – Joy is change – Change is life – Cyclones citizens welcome in community – Respect and friendship unites us – Quilchena is a friend to everyone – Everyone is unique in their own way and together as friends we make a community – Our diversity is what connects the Quilchena cyclones – We are all connected – Quilchena is a place of creativity – Respect and family – We are all interconnected – Gathers people like a cyclone

Potential theme imagery resource:

gumballs, snowflakes, flowers,(illustrations of Individuality) community and family symbols, chains and linking motifs, inukshuks with a shared world, cyclone, circles, doors, paths


Queen Mary

In Vancouver Stephen is working with a class at Queen Mary’s to embrace ‘The Natural’ with a revisit to the Hugo França exhibit and to commune with the spirit of Andy Goldsworthy near the beach.  The students will be examine the interaction of human society with the environment and animal kingdom.


École Sperling School

A new program has begun in Burnaby at the École Sperling School.  The class is addressing the role of Art in social action and while studying issues of human and childrens rights.