You can never be lonely at West Beach in White Rock because you can always stop for a conversation with the heritage sculpture at the converted train station museum. Or just take a selfie with the laid back traveller.
Lost in the moment
gazing out to sea
rhythms of the tide
carry far away voices.
Another sculpture commissioned as a joint project by Multiculturalism Canada and the City Of White Rock in 1988. This installation by Calvin Turner also sits alongside the West Beach promenade. Its companion piece ‘Metamorphosis’ , although carved by a different sculptor, sits about a hundred metres to the east close to the Tourist Information kiosk. Despite the work involved in the creation of these works, I rarely see anyone examine the works or read the plaques. Not many people appear to have a genuine appreciation of art and probably assume carving and polishing a large piece of solid granite takes no more talent than slapping a coat of white paint on a rock.
Walking along the beach I remembered watching the sculptor, many years ago, slowly removing stone that was not part of the finished piece. Hard to see the fun of creation on a warm day when the artist is wearing coveralls and a face mask to avoid the ever present granite dust cloud from the grinding and chipping. Despite the prominent location alongside the West Beach promenade, only the small plate at the base reveals the name of the sculpture and its creator. I could find no mention in the tourist information and nothing online.