The mother/daughter team of Susan Point and Kelly Cannell initially created Memory and Transformation for a public art call searching for new designs for the City of Vancouver storm sewer and manhole covers. They focused on their earliest memories of nature, remembering the metamorphoses or life cycle of the frog and butterfly.
The imagery for Memory depicts the metamorphosis of a frog—with eggs in the centre, spinning out into tadpoles and then turning into frogs.
“Water, being the essence of life” these designs are intended to give the feel of “bursts of complete life” using the entire surface to show that all life stems from water— fluid, flowing, designs that relate to water. Interpreted through Coast Salish First Nations’ teachings, the circular format of these designs also represents the “circle of life” and the fact that all life, in one way or another, is somehow connected. The imagery in these designs also illustrates the flow of energy, as the frogs leap outwards and the butterfly prepares to take flight.
Memory has been selected as the new design for the storm sewer cover for the City of Vancouver.
See also Memory sculpture by Susan A. Point
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