Lights, art in PoCo for Pride week

Riverside grad Steve Baylis unveils first phase of Pride art

Port Coquitlam city hall will be bathed in rainbow lights tomorrow night (Thursday) and this long weekend for the Pride celebrations happening across the country.

And the municipality will host a party Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Leigh Square to unveil the first part of its new Pride Public Art Project installation.

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Designed by visual artist — and Riverside secondary graduate — Steve Baylis, the tiles around the fountain area represent the colours of the Pride flag.

But while the mural under the seating area is now finished and a few tiles are embellished, the project won’t be complete until the public workshops this month.

Residents can sign up via the city’s website at experienceit.ca to decorate the remaining tiles:

• Friday, Aug. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (barcode #38984);

• and Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. (barcode #38985).

“The project started with me but will be finished by the community,” Baylis told The Tri-City News Tuesday. “I’m kind of letting it go in a sense.”

As for the party on Friday, Kimmortal and Parlour Panther will entertain while the first 150 attendees will get a free fruit popsicle courtesy of Johnny’s Pops.

Visit portcoquitlam.ca/pride

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