Meetcha at the Five is a proposed public art project for Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack (City of Chilliwack)
The night view of Meetcha at the Five, a proposed public art project for Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack (City of Chilliwack)

Meetcha at the Five is a proposed public art project for Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack (City of Chilliwack) The night view of Meetcha at the Five, a proposed public art project for Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack (City of Chilliwack)

Latest public art proposal for Chilliwack’s Five Corners on deck for council vote

Meetcha at the 5 would have LED lighting from within and a touch of whimsy

A modern public art piece with a touch of whimsy is the latest proposal under consideration for Five Corners.

Staff is recommending council approve, ‘Meetcha at the 5’, a submission by TDH Experiential Fabricators with a budget of $60,000.

If approved by council at the meeting on March 16, the sculptural piece will be built in front of the business centre at 46115 Yale Road.

The design features a giant ‘5’ that will be lit from within by coloured LED lighting. It will have a sculptured bird and red berries in the cutout, and the artwork will be constructed out of metal and bicarbonate.

Once again City of Chilliwack’s public art advisory committee put the proponents through a rigorous qualification process.

The piece will have to stand up against taggers, as well as the elements, while increasing foot traffic downtown and animating its core. Four of 10 submissions earned enough technical points to proceed through the RFP, and there was set criteria and deliverables.

Out of four submissions that moved forward in the process ‘Meetcha At the 5’ received the highest score as well as the most first ranked votes, the report noted.

The piece is designed to “pay homage to Chilliwack’s growth from a small riverboat landing to an uniquely vibrant and expanding urban Eraser Valley community,” according to the staff report.

The metal base will have historical and interpretive details about Chilliwack as well as recognition of its siting on the unceded traditional territory of the Sto:lo peoples.

The request-for-proposals notice went out in January, and the RFP closed Feb. 17.

READ MORE: The RFP went out in January

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