Trash part of new outdoor show at Kelowna Art Gallery

Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante & Maxwell Sterry: Pieces of What
Spring 2015 to Spring 2016


What most people might consider trash or garbage actually forms the basis for a new work by two local artists. Pieces of What incorporates all sorts of waste in an intriguing outdoor installation at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The installation is the third in the Gallery’s Artist’s Garden Project series, mounted in our Rotary Courtyard space.

Vernon-based artists Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante and her adult son Maxwell Sterry have collaborated to create a piece that features three tall translucent columns strung with brightly painted red, yellow, and orange spherical objects made from clean trash. Visitors will no doubt see some familiar objects in the debris collected at the base of the columns or in the various articles captured and suspended mid-air. At the edges of the courtyard space (surrounding the columns in the centre) are self-irrigating containers painted in vibrant colours and planted with vegetables and fruits. At the end of the growing season, visitors will be welcome to harvest the produce. Whether pondering environmental themes, the architectural elements, or simply reveling in the strangeness of the show, guests are invited to sit and contemplate the installation on two simple benches, also made from recycled materials.


The show is accompanied by an online resource that features an essay by Curator Liz Wylie, biographies of the artists, and also a photo album of installation images that will be added to throughout the year-long duration of the exhibition. It can be read via a link on the Gallery’s website.

An opening reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. This will be a free event, open to members and guests, by invitation. The artists will be in attendance and will offer remarks in the garden at 7:30 pm.

Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante & Maxwell Sterry: Pieces of What will be on view through Spring 2016.

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 or call 250-762-2226.


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