Cascade – over 8,000 pieces combine to create Cascade, a flowing glass sculpture that captures the spirit of Wagg, Mission and Mosquito creeks that descend from the heights of the Coastal Mountain Range to intersect the site of 700 Marine Drive in North Vancouver.
under your feet
can you hear us
quantities of water
merging to meet the ocean
Artist Claudia Cuesta says “Cascade speaks of water, constantly flowing, reflecting, bouncing light, rushing from within the earth. These ancient creeks dance beneath the sky circling the land, they pour, twist and run to meet at 700 Marine Drive as they descend on their way to Burrard Inlet. By deconstructing movement, Cascade constructs the spirit of the creeks and allows the elemental forces of nature to be referenced in the urban surrounding.”
The Artist – Claudia Cuesta is a graduate of the Slade School of Art. Cuesta, a Sunshine Coast resident, shows internationally and her work can be found in many public and private collections such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts in USA, and the Schlumberger Collection in, Paris. Her public art pieces and large scale sculptural works in the Lower Mainland featuring glass include “Dancing Tower” at the Newton Arts Centre in Surrey, “Fields” at 3rd and Grandville Street in Richmond, and “Balance” at 224 Street and Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.
Exhibits of Claudia’s work have been held at the Pitt Gallery in 2003, Indiana University in 2001, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2000, the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver in 1998, Performance at the International Exhibition in Chianti, Italy in 1998, an outdoor installation at the Rio
de Janeiro Biennale in 1997, the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, Colombia in 1994, the Power Plant in Toronto in 1993, the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham UK in 1992, the South Bank Art Gallery in London,UK in 1992, and many group shows.
Cuesta taught until 2008 at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, at the Universidad Nacional in Colombia in 1995 and at various art schools in England from 1989 to 1993. She currently mentors emerging and senior artists. For the past ten years she has been collaborating with Bill Baker to create public artworks that integrate art and architecture.Lea Rosson Delong of the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art has said of Claudia Cuesta:
“Her art has been informed by late modern minimalism, yet she infuses it with content far beyond the purely formal.”