The City of Surrey, known previously as the City of Parks, is gaining recognition for a new feature — public art. Under SkyTrain lines, in parks, and around growing urban centres, you can discover Surrey’s public art pieces through their ArtWalk mobile application.
Unfortunately once I turned off my location settings, the app set my location by default and I couldn’t view the entire city’s search results. That, or the rest of the city’s art pieces haven’t yet been entered into the app. Either way, the results I came up with were incomplete and only showed Gateway, Holland Park, and the Civic Centre area.
Online, you can search Surrey’s art listings by neighbourhood to find glass, mosaic, light modal pieces and all of the art located in public spaces. City Centre, Whalley, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, Cloverdale, and South Surrey are all listed.
The application was developed in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. ArtWalk is available for free download for iPhone and Android right now. I’m not sure how old it is — I might have jumped the gun on promoting it — but I hope that other locations will soon be available on the map, regardless of current location, for the sake of trip planning.