Arts Alive People's Choice for 2022

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Arts Alive 
People’s Choice Award 
goes to Copper Finch 
sculpture by Erick James

Erick James’ sculpture Copper Finch is described as the ‘quiet anticipation of hope’. The work resonated with Oak Bay residents and visitors, capturing the Arts Alive People’s Choice Award for 2022. Copper Finch, is a powder coated metal origami bird creation currently perched on a piece of driftwood overlooking Mc Neill Bay, sponsored by RE/MAX. Second place was Metamorphasis by Peter Vogelaar, sponsored by The Zieglers /Newport Realty & Christies International / Tristan & Michael Ziegler and Oak Bay Parks, Recreation & Culture, followed by Vordr by Victoria Artist, Frances Semple, sponsored by Oak Bay Marine Group.

Votes were collected online this year between August and November. Through a public call to artists, 6 installations were selected by an Arts Alive Volunteer Jury based on the theme of Kinship. The sculptures will remain on display outdoors in the community until April 2023. Walking maps are available at recreation centres encouraging residents to stroll through the district to view the remaining sculptures which are available for private purchase.

The theme for Arts Alive 2023/2024 - “What is Home?”. New sponsors are welcome to support Arts Alive in 2023/2024. Any interested individuals or businesses are welcome to contact Oak Bay Arts & Culture,

Barbara Adams, Oak Bay’s Former Arts Laureate, is the visionary behind the Arts Alive program, which includes the annual Public Art installations, as well as the Painted Pianos on display in the community throughout the summer, available for the public to play and enjoy. The Community Arts Volunteer Team is working with the municipality to make Oak Bay a destination for arts and culture. Consider volunteering today, visit for more information.

Oak Bay’s 2022 Arts Alive public art program is made possible by sponsorship from the following local businesses.