Vancouver Icons: Search

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

There is a statue in Coal Harbour’s Devonian Harbour Park that is often called the “Flower Lady” as it depicts woman sitting down and there are often fresh-cut flowers in her hands or in her hair. Upon close inspection, you’ll see she is actually looking for something in her purse hence the name of the piece: “Search“. This bronze statue by J. Seward Jr. Johnson is this week’s Vancouver Icon photo feature:

West End Photowalk


Statue by Stanley Park Search
Photo credit: Jason Gallant. & Stephen Rees on Flickr

What are you looking at?
Photo credit: Nordica Photography on Flickr

Search + Bollwitts

In good company
Photo credit: kurichan+ on Flickr

Faded Flowers Statue Lady
Photo credit: p medved & BohemianDolls on Flickr

On the way to Stanley Park. flower lady Woman with two flowers
Photo credit: contraversion & dooq & quinn.anya on Flickr

Louise and a statue
Photo credit: iTripped on Flickr

* come sit with me, hand me a flower, i am lonely*
Photo credit: Venture Vancouver on Flickr

It’s uncertain as to why people feel compelled to leave flowers for the statue and there is a sign nearby that asks that you not pick them from the park. However, passersby still seem to enjoy brightening the up the woman who just can’t seem to find what she’s looking for.

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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  1. MikeMonday, June 3rd, 2013 — 11:05am PDT

    Who is she?

  2. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittMonday, June 3rd, 2013 — 11:09am PDT

    @Mike – The public art registry doesn’t say. It’s hard to look it up as well since the name of the statue is “Search”. The artist has another piece in Queen Elizabeth park called “Photo Session” which is also very popular.

  3. AnneMonday, June 3rd, 2013 — 12:21pm PDT

    I always thought whe was digging in her purse, looking for her glasses, which are perched on her head.

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