Public Furniture | Urban Trees – Sea to Sky Gondola

Hugo França, Brazil


Title: Public Furniture | Urban Trees – Sea to Sky Gondola
Artist: Hugo França (b. 1954, Brazil)
Medium: 2 works – Wood, locally sourced and salvaged
Dimensions: 173 x 381 x 478 cm (68 x 150 x 188 in) H x W x D & 140 x 124 x 366 cm (55 x 49 x 144 in) H x W x D
Weight: Variable
Location: Squamish, 36800 Highway 99, (Sea to Sky Gondola – at the top)
Although the artist has exhibited his work internationally, this is the first time in his twenty-year career that he has created public sculpture outside Brazil and used a variety of local wood species, which makes this a truly unique Biennale project and experience for the Squamish community.

França’s sculpting process respects the natural features of the wood, promoting minimum waste. Considering the Squamish community’s relationship with the outdoors and nature along with their logging industry roots, França created Public Furniture | Urban Trees – Squamish, as a response to the balance between industry and nature, showcasing sustainable reuse that invites integration, creativity and renewal.

These two artworks are amongst seven artworks created by França in Squamish. This project would not have been possible without the overwhelming support of the local community and sponsors. All the wood used was recycled and locally sourced from the Squamish area. The 2014 -2016 Vancouver Biennale and Hugo França are pleased to donate these two artworks to the Sea to Sky Gondola to create a permanent Legacy of Public Art in the community.