Spanning great length are two steel arcs at the west entry court of the municipal hall. They spring open onto the sky, catching the air. On a foggy day, they recall sprawling old-growths, or towering vessels, shrouded in seafaring mystery. Close inspection reveals that the inside face of each arc is lined with nozzles. At certain programmed hours, more frequently during the dry season, fine mist will spray upward from these nozzles, enveloping both sides of the entry steps with fog. They create a soft gateway to a civic building that billows and shifts with the wind and visitors’ movement.
Entitled Fog Catcher, the public art installation at the District of West Vancouver municipal hall draws inspiration from an atmospheric phenomenon prevalent in the Pacific North Shore. It underscores our emotional and social tie with the weather, in its myriad manifestations. At times a nuisance, at times a welcoming respite from the bleak, amaemic winter days, the ephemeral phenomenon encapsulates West Vancouver’s intimate connection with the weather. By celebrating it at the entry of a municipal hall, Fog Catcher allows us to come to terms with the profundity of our climate ecosystem, its delicate balance and our civic responsibility in its preservation and protection.