Gabrielle was recently awarded a major public art commission by the City of Vernon and the Downtown Vernon Association to create a participatory public work of art commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday. Through a series of workshops, over 250 members of the community were invited to help create the mosaic segments, that when assembled together, creates a river that runs through Vernon’s downtown core! At over 150 feet long, Mosaic River was successfully installed in Vernon’s Cenotaph Park this past summer 2018.


"For RespectFEST, I wanted to create a work of art that honours our local waterways in their natural state, before confederation and infrastructure. Our need for water is the common thread that connects us all. It is my intention that this mosaic river acts as a reminder of what was here before, and becomes the fabric we weave together in mutual respect as a symbol of our community and its commitment to the environment. Moving water is more powerful than a concrete sidewalk, causing even the gentlest of streams to eventually polish the rocks it flows over; therefore my hope is that this art work symbolizing the flow of water, will be powerful enough to inspire momentum in all of us to care more and join together to respect and protect our waterways."

-Gabrielle Strong

This project was funded in part by the Government of Canada, the Downtown Vernon Association and the City of Vernon. The artwork is owned and maintained by the City of Vernon.

All images are copyright of the artist. ©Gabrielle Strong, 2011-2019