The mural “Reasons” by artist Ericka Walker is among the seven works featured in The Reach Gallery’s self-guided driving tour of public art in Abbotsford.

The mural “Reasons” by artist Ericka Walker is among the seven works featured in The Reach Gallery’s self-guided driving tour of public art in Abbotsford.

Booklet offers self-guided driving tour of Abbotsford public art

Tour starts at The Reach Gallery and highlights seven works

Are you looking for a great, safe activity to enjoy while physically distancing?

Ever wondered about the massive sculpture of a raspberry plant at the Clearbrook Road freeway exit?

The Reach Gallery Museum recently released an online Self-Guided Driving Tour of Public Art in Abbotsford for print or download to encourage visitors and residents alike to learn more about the works of art that surround us every day.

The tour starts at The Reach and guides participants on a 30-minute loop highlighting seven works.

The guide is suitable for all ages. Adrienne Fast, curator of art and visual culture at The Reach, recommends that groups of two or more take the tour together, selecting a driver and a reader/navigator to make it safe and enjoyable.

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“Obviously it’s important that anyone who wants to take the tour only do so with those who they are socially distancing with,” says Fast, echoing recommendations from public health authorities.

“But I think the tour is a terrific opportunity to continue enjoying art and culture in our community right now. Hopefully it will help citizens to see and appreciate these works in a new light.”

The Self-Guided Public Art guide is one of many new resources available through The Reach’s new online portal, The Reach @ Home.

The site aims to keep audiences connected through cultural activities during a time when individuals and households are advised to self-isolate. The portal offers new content weekly, which includes guided art-and-history learning activities along with video “tours” of the current exhibitions.

The Self-Guided Driving Tour of Public Art in Abbotsford can be downloaded or printed from The Reach’s website at thereach.ca/athome

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