PoCo Pride Public Art
You’re invited to help create the city’s newest public art project, Pride Public Art, led by artist, Steve Baylis.
Born in Port Coquitlam, Baylis is an internationally recognized visual artist whose work has been exhibited in many local and international galleries and art publications. He studied art and design at Kwantlen University and continued his training at Capilano University. Baylis combines a range of unique influences with his own driven spiritual inquiry to create art that connects people.
This project is an artist-led community-engagement project that promotes diversity by recognizing and celebrating Port Coquitlam’s LGBTQ2+ community. Steve Baylis has been selected to create and lead the project following a formal request for proposals issued in December in consultation with the LGBTQ2+ community.
The concept of ‘wrapping the space’ around the fountain at Leigh Square in rainbow flag colours represents Port Coquitlam’s continued efforts to embrace all members of the community. A commemorative plaque will also be installed with a message that recognizes and celebrates Port Coquitlam’s LGBTQ2+ community.
The artwork is also intended to provide a space for reflection and opportunities for dialogue, building relationships and fostering inclusivity and community pride, while contributing to the area’s cultural vibrancy and supporting the city’s Downtown Action Plan.