The Okanagan’s newest piece of public art, a fusion of science fiction, technology, and agriculture, will take shape this coming week.
Ottawa artist Karl Cesiuk has been commissioned by the town of Lake Country to create a sculpture that depicts the robotic harvesting ripe apples.
It sounds far-fetched, but in fact there are tests underway in Washington State to see if mechanical apple-pickers might one day be able to replace human ones.
Cesiuk will arrive in Lake Country on Tuesday and get to work on his piece, with a planned public unveiling next Saturday at 10 a.m. That sounds like an impressive focus on speed, precision, and dexterity. Robotic, one might even say.
The intriguing project serves as a jumping off point for this week’s Okanagan Top 10 list, a collection of public art pieces around the Okanagan. We struggled to find the right adjective — ‘best’, ‘most
elaborate’, ‘most controversial’ — and then settled on perplexing.
The old saw about the beauty of any artwork being in the eye of the beholder may be true. But sometimes, the meaning of a sculpture is so abstruse it’s hard to form any particular judgement about it. Other than, perhaps, ‘It cost how much?’
In many cases, perplexing can be a good thing because it makes us think... or we miss the point entirely.
Here, then, is our list of the Okanagan’s 10 most head-scratching pieces of public art, presented in alphabetical order.