*in progress* OUTCROPPINGS
Jyhling Lee, Figureground Studio
Program: Collaborations, Commissions
Location: Waverley Underpass AT Path
The Winnipeg Arts Council is excited to announce OUTCROPPINGS, a new public artwork being created as part of the City of Winnipeg’s Waverley Underpass Project. OUTCROPPINGS is an aluminum landscape sculpture by artist Jyhling Lee, who was inspired by the region’s geologic and cultural history to create projective sculptural forms as an acknowledgement of the mineral abundance and heritage of this land. The series of sculptural outcroppings will be installed in the summer of 2021 along the sloped greenspace to the south of the new underpass and east of the Active Transportation pathway, acting as a gateway between the neighbourhoods of River Heights and Linden Woods.
The artwork is intended to be experienced as a discovery; an outcropping of a new type of mineral, emerging from the land, elemental in geometry, with a shape like a mythical Ordovician clam, whose existence 445 million years ago left the unique fossil impressions we see in locally-sourced Tyndall stone today. This land, like the people who have travelled and lived on it, has experienced diversity in its people and foundation. This land is home to First Nations, Métis, and settler populations and has been transformed through an ever-changing landscape of Precambrian rock, glaciers, tall grass prairie, farmland, urban growth, and now a roadway leading to many places. OUTCROPPINGS conceives of the history of southern Manitoba through physical strata; a continuation of the story of the continual movement and changing of the land.
These sculptural forms, spanning a length of approximately 50 metres, have been envisaged at a scale of experience and presence for those driving on the roadway as well as for pedestrians and cyclists moving along the pathway. The large sculptural elements will be visible from a distance and act as a gateway landmark, lighting up at night to signal the new Waverley Underpass site.
“From having lived in the prairies, I feel a strong connection to this region’s landscape, skies, light, and climate. For me, the physical and cultural richness, power, and imagination derived from this land are strong forces at play in the creation of this artwork.” -Jyhling Lee, Figureground Studio
Commissioned and managed through the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Public Art Program, this work was funded through the Waverley Underpass Project with extra support from Councillor John Orlikow through the Land Dedication Reserve Fund and will become a part of the City’s robust collection of public artwork.
Jyhling Lee is a professional artist, educator, and active contributor to the cultural community. She is passionate about the socially enabling role of public art and design in placemaking within the built environment. Common in her work is the desire to inspire the civic imagination and to enhance the human experience of a place. She has been involved with a wide range of prominent public art projects nationally and regionally.