Wheels of Change

“Wheels of Change” is a temporary community-based public art project for downtown Chilliwack on the theme of mental health. It was approved by the city of Chilliwack in April at the recommendation of the public art advisory committee. “Wheels of Change” is supported in spirit by the Ruth and Naomi’s Mission.

This installation is an opportunity for the community to reflect on mental health and think about ways to put the wheels in motion to achieve better mental health. It is ready in time for Mental Health Week, May 4 to 9, 2015.

Description: The sculptural installation consists of 8 large colourful flowers spelling W-H-E-E-L-S-of-Change attached to the fence. Each flower has a large heart made from a bicycle wheel rim with synthetic fabric stretched inside it. There are images and words inspired by the theme of mental health filling the large circles, stem and leaves. This is done in workshops, led by the artists, where participants will reflect on the issue and experiment with “fabric burning”. Invented by Sylvie, this technique consists in melting holes in synthetic fabric with a soldering iron. 

The artists: Sylvie Roussel-Janssens is an artist with an active sculptural art practice ranging from small objects to large installations on themes relates to History and the environment. She has exhibited in B.C and the rest of Canada. www.lsclight.ca . Rob Dueck is a fine art graduate of the University of Victoria with a strong interest in public art. He is a mental health worker at Cheam View Clubhouse in Chilliwack.www.creativecentresociety.org/index.html

 Process and logistic:  Sylvie Roussel-Janssens  managed  the technical aspect of the workshops, assembling the components and setting-up the finished installation. Rob Dueck took care of communication with the participants, engaging them in storytelling resulting in a visual finished product. All tools and material were provided.

Timeline:  “Wheels of Change” will be at the Yale road site for the whole month of May with a possibility of extension in consultation with community partners.

Budget: “Wheels of Change” is a self-financed project for the artist.

Special thanks to: William  C. Wiseman and Pedalsport for donations of used bicycle rims and Bill Raddatz at the Ruth and Naomi’s Mission for his support.

For more information, contact Sylvie Roussel-Janssens: (604)795-4438    www.lsclight.com  

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