Boating artist travels through Chilliwack

Watch for artist Marie Lorenz early on Sept 2 as she floats down the Fraser in a handmade boat - part of a week-long creative voyage.

Watch for artist Marie Lorenz early on Sept 2 as she floats down the Fraser in a handmade boat

New York-based artist Marie Lorenz floats through Chilliwack on September 2 during a multi-day boat journey.

Brought to B.C. by the Contemporary Art Gallery, the ambitious artistic voyage ‘Tidal Dérive’ will take the internationally-acclaimed artist all the way from Hope to the Southern Gulf Islands from September 1-7.

Lorenz will use the tides, currents and historic canoe routes to direct her journey. According to Lorenz, “my boat projects are an attempt to un-know the metropolis by continually exploring it.”

The handmade boat, ‘Driftboat‘ was created by Lorenz in 2014 from salvaged wood found locally around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland coast.

As part of her voyage, Lorenz will camp at Kilby Historic Site in Agassiz on September 1.

After departing there at 7 a.m., you may spot Lorenz drifting by Chilliwack along the Fraser River early to mid-morning on September 2, on her way to the Langley stop.

Tidal Dérive correlates with Lorenz’s ongoing ten-year project ‘Tide and Current Taxi,’ where diverse passengers join Lorenz in boats that she’s built to explore New York waterways. Each trip is documented with pictures and stories.

The B.C. journey will be live-streamed via an in-boat video camera each day from 10 to 11 a.m. Visit to learn more.

Marie Lorenz

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