"The first of its kind, ‘Topographies of Care’ is a three-part project by Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist Shirley Wiebe. Through her residency, Shirley explores the theme of connection during a time of disconnection – the isolation brought on by the global pandemic.
Over the course of one year, Shirley welcomed us into her world, sharing her techniques, facilitating workshops, and inviting us to collaborate within her artistic process. In an unforeseen way, these sessions with Shirley helped our offices connect during quarantine and remote work. We shared ideas, chatted, and caught-up via Zoom during our otherwise isolated days.
By using printed images, paint, and pencil, Shirley created a trio of murals that explore the common threads that unite our offices and the communities they serve. Each installment explores an elemental material or force; in Vancouver, metal; in Victoria, water; and in Edmonton, earth.
A daily reminder in our offices of our commitment to designing buildings, brands, and shared experiences to connect people."