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Vessel

Jacqueline Metz & Nancy Chew
3.5m high x 3m wide x 5m deep (12'h x 10'w x 16'd)  
Corten steel, stainless steel, pressure treated wood
2009
Prince Arthur's Landing - Skateboard/BMX Plaza

The intent for artwork at the skateboard/BMX plaza was to capture the spirit of Thunder Bay’s waterfront vision - “year round, connected, ours to celebrate.” Vessel, the sculpture by the Vancouver-based artist team of Jacqueline Metz & Nancy Chew, demonstrates a connection between the skate plaza and people of all ages, the local environment, local heritage, and Lake Superior. 

The history of Thunder Bay – especially the industrial shipping heritage, but also the voyageurs – forms a reference point for reflections on ideas of vessel and voyage, on the journeys we each make. The artwork creates a space and an experience through which the viewer moves.

Vessel also reflects on container, on the definition of object and space. The cadence of the curved steel ribs defines both an ambiguous space and a monumental object. The form shifts between solid and skeletal as you move around it; from within the plaza and surroundings are visible, yet separate – revealed and concealed simultaneously. It is the viewer’s interaction with the artwork that defines what it is.

-Jacqueline Metz & Nancy Chew (artists)