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Deadline looms on public art vote in Oak Bay sculpture walk

District purchases 2022 Copper Finch voted a fan favourite
Copper Finch by Erick James overlooks McNeill Bay as part of the 2022 Arts Alive Sculpture Walk. (File photo by Sarah Otto)

With its previous people’s choice purchased, voting remains open on this year’s Arts Alive sculpture walk in Oak Bay.

Described as the “quiet anticipation of hope,” the Copper Finch sculpture by Erick James was among the six pieces under the theme of “kinship” on loan from artists and set up around the district in summer 2022, inviting residents and visitors to take an art walk and vote for a favourite.

The powder-coated metal origami bird creation perched on a piece of driftwood overlooking McNeill Bay earned the most votes in the 2022 campaign. Second place was Metamorphosis by Peter Vogelaar with Vordr by Frances Semple rounding out third.

Votes were collected online and as part of the Arts Alive program, the people’s choice is traditionally considered for purchase by the district.

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This year 10 sculptures based on the theme “What is home?” are on loan by artists and dot the Oak Bay landscape.

Home Is Not A House by Orlosky Studio is at Cadboro Bay Road and Estevan Avenue; In-Den-Tation by Scott Gillies at Oak Bay and Monterey avenues; Lullaby Antenna for a Blue Planet by Jason Gress in Haynes Park; Sleeping Beauty by Ken Meyer at Oak Bay Avenue and Hampshire Road; Birth of the World by Denis Kleine in front of Oak Bay Pharmasave; Home Is Where Family Is by Tanya Bub in Estevan Village (don’t forget to look up); Shelter by Peter Vogelaar at Oak Bay Avenue and Hampshire Road; Dreamy Blue Bear by Geemon Xin Meng at McNeill Bay; Horaltic Pose - Cormorant by Erick James at Oak Bay Avenue and Mitchell Street; and Family by Paul Reimer in Lokier Park.

Public voting on a favourite ends Nov. 30. The three sculptures that receive the most votes will be evaluated by the Arts Alive jury to determine which artwork earns the title of people’s choice.

Vote online at

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