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Photos: New public art installed at West Van municipal hall

Artist Illarion Gallant directed crews on Friday to put his newest work into place

There’s something shiny and new outside West Vancouver’s place of government.

On Friday morning, a crane, a crew and an artist put a collection of metal pieces into place at the district’s municipal hall.

The sculptures, representing leaves and grass, are part of a new public art installation by Victoria-based artist Illarion Gallant.

The new art uses the same vocabulary as some of Gallant’s other installations, he explained. Leave it to Me and Burgeoning can be found in North Vancouver – on Mountain Highway, in the front garden at Lynn Valley United Church, and in Lower Lonsdale, overhead in the Wallace & McDowell condo’s arched entry, respectively.

The West Van piece, while prominent outside district hall, is designed not to be obstructive.

“People are in this office,” Gallant said. “I want to have a presence – visual, physical presence – but I don’t want to block people.”

After the art is fully installed, the district will reveal more information about it at an official unveiling.

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