ENTER Surrey’s Kwantlen Park Secondary School and you will be greeted by a Timberwolf of epic proportions. Made almost entirely out of hot glue and recycled cardboard, this sculpture sits perched in the archway of the school’s foyer. As you pass underneath, you can look close at the creature’s paws bearing down, its muscular legs and the endless number of hand-cut cardboard fur pieces.
This project was supported by the City of Surrey’s new community art program, which uses art as a means to bring people together and strengthen community relationships.
“This project demonstrates the role that art can play in making our communities more healthy and vibrant,” said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. “It’s important that our youth have access to these kinds of creative opportunities.”
Building the sculpture was a team effort. The school’s Art Club started making the frame of the Timberwolf in June of 2016. Since then, over 100 students and community members have contributed to the sculpture.
“We have the largest youth population in BC,” said Surrey Councillor Judy Villeneuve. “Youth leadership is vital to the health of our city.”
“It’s a great way of showing how creativity can develop leadership skills, encouraging people to work together and problem solve,” said Peter Egan, art teacher and advisor to the Art Club. “They are also leaving a legacy to inspire other students for years into the future.”
The sculpture is modeled after the school’s mascot, the Timberwolf.
“It’s very rewarding to see all of your artistic ideas come together—not only for ourselves, but being able to share that with such a wide audience,” said Art Club President, Mark Martins. “I think it solidifies something we have in common. It suggests that we are one. That we are on the same team.”
To learn more about the community art program and how to get involved, visit www.surrey.ca/communityart.