Plants take over the Rotary courtyard at the Kelowna Art Gallery – Kelowna-based artist Kyle Zsombor believed responsible

Plants take over the Rotary courtyard at the Kelowna Art Gallery –
Kelowna-based artist Kyle Zsombor believed responsible

Kyle Zsombor: A Green Desire
Spring 2013 to Spring 2014

Kelowna, BC: The launch of a new annual series of commissioned projects in the Rotary Courtyard space at the Kelowna Art Gallery challenges artists to create a year-long installation in the form of a garden. The first in this series is titled A Green Desire, conceived and constructed by Kelowna-based artist Kyle Zsombor.

For his commission, Zsombor planned an ambitious two-pronged installation. One component will be a vertical garden (sometimes known as a living wall) on the north-facing wall of the courtyard space. The other element is a planted arbor of clustered pillars in the centre of the space, mainly filled with strawberry plants. Throughout the full cycle of all four seasons, Zsombor will be working hands-on in his artist’s garden. Visitors to the Rotary Courtyard will be assured a different experience each time they visit, as Zsombor will be harvesting ripe strawberries, trimming and training plants, and adding seasonally appropriate evergreens and perennials during the year-long endeavour.

Kyle Zsombor has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus. His artistic practice generally encompasses socio-political critique using sculpture/installation or montage. He has an avid interest in gardening and has taken the opportunity to add this year-long project to his studio practice.

An opening reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. This will be a free event, open to members and guests, by invitation. Artist Kyle Zsombor will be in attendance and will offer remarks.

A Green Desire will be accompanied by an online publication, which will include a curatorial text by Liz Wylie, and will feature ongoing visual documentation.

The Kelowna Art Gallery would like to acknowledge the generous support of The Greenery Garden Centre for A Green Desire.Kyle Zsombor: A Green Desire is now on view until Spring 2014 at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at

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