Dec 7, 2021

When new steel doors at the Lagoon Beach washroom needed painting it was an opportunity to add beauty and interest while offering a reminder of the rich Indigenous history of the waterfront.

The City is grateful to local Indigenous artist Jamin Zuroski for sharing his incredible talent and creativity to help us begin to make Indigenous culture more visible in our community.

"My Indigenous designed vinyl wraps that were installed on the doors of the Esquimalt Lagoon washrooms highlight us as people and this area we share," said artist Jamin Zuroski. 

"The Sun gives us nourishment and strength in the day. The Moon guides us and provides us wisdom in the night. The animals, like the Heron remind of our life’s purpose and how we walk softly, purposefully and lovingly in this world."

Jamin has worked extensively with School District 62 and his artwork is visible at Royal Bay Secondary School and other schools in Colwood, so students and families in our community may be familiar with his work. He is a student of artist Victor Newman, father of Carey Newman, who also recently created some beautiful artwork in Colwood at Royal Roads University’s new Dogwood Auditorium.

"The City and community of Colwood residents and council are trail blazers who continuously desire to learn, respect, and highlight honourably the blended and diverse cultures, that surround us joyously everyday."

Watch for more public art projects in Colwood. In addition to a new policy that formalizes the inclusion of public art with new developments around the City, Colwood will continue to work with the Lekwungen people to create welcoming artwork that deepens understanding of the Indigenous culture and history of this area.