The Gardens Richmond The public art component of the The Gardens’ in South Richmond is being created by local artist Joel Berman.

Known for his innovative use of glass in gardens and public spaces, Berman’s high-profile clients include Ritz-Carlton, Princess Cruises and The Gap World Headquarters in San Francisco. His art can be seen all over the globe — from Europe to China and even in Saudi Arabia. But despite his world-renowned, Berman says that he couldn’t be happier to be working in his own backyard of Richmond on a piece for The Gardens.

“It’s a treat to be here again,”  Berman was quoted as saying in Townline Connect. “I love doing work in the Vancouver area and developers Townline and TA Group of Companies have been really receptive. They’re great to work with.”

The public art he’s creating consists of three groups of abstract trees at the entrance to The Gardens. The trees are a tribute to Richmond’s fertile soil and to project itself. They are being made from stainless steel and will stand 14 to 18 feet tall with cast-glass leaves.

“Our technique is a language glass that’s been born and bred here in Vancouver, and is now featured throughout the world,” Berman said.

More than just visually engaging, the installation will be multi-functional, with structural glass benches sprouting out of the tree like branches where people can sit. The installation is intended to entertain and delight residents, passing pedestrians and even drivers stopped at traffic lights.

Berman’s public art piece is just one of many attractive features at The Gardens master-planned community, there’s also the 6,000-square-foot amenity centre, complete with change rooms, an indoor sports court and fitness facility — to name another. And while the majority of homes in The Gardens‘ first phase are already sold out, proactive homebuyers still have an opportunity to get in on the anticipated development if they hurry.

For more information call 604 271 3331, email info@liveatthegardens.ca, or visit their website here.

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