One of the most unique public art pieces at Tsawwassen Mills is the Fish Icon sculpture that greets visitors as they enter the Coast Salish Neighbourhood. The sculpture represents two leaping salmon and holds cultural significance as salmon and traditional fishing are deeply tied to the Coast Salish identity and community. The public art piece is the result of a collaboration between two visionary artists/architectural designers from JPRA Design, Jeremy Gascho and the late Ken Zawislak. In developing the design, the artists wanted to achieve the look and feel of movement “The fish shapes are meant to be very active and dynamic as if they are leaping out of the water, wrapping around each other. At the base of the sculpture is a fountain with cascading water and a pool that reflects the light and color of the fish” says Jeremy Gascho, Senior Associate at JPRA.

To bring their innovative design idea to life, the artists selected contemporary materials. The woven bronze metal is symbolic of the historical Coast Salish woven baskets. The second fish is comprised of over 240 dichroic glass panels, designed to represent fish scales. Dichroic glass was an ideal material to achieve their vision as Jeremy notes “the dichroic glass provides a very dynamic and changing skin of light and color that we were looking for. Additionally, the transparent quality of the material allowed the inner structure, or bones, of the fish to be displayed”. Goldray Glass worked closely with the Custom Fabricator, Heavy Industries to develop several glass samples before the project was installed to ensure the dichroic glass panels provided the desired color and light diffusion. Once installed, the result is stunning, as this colorful landmark greets visitors in an iconic and memorable way.