Vernon native Crystal Przybille has been selected to produce art to celebrate Victoria’s 150th anniversary as a municipality.

Vernon native Crystal Przybille has been selected to produce art to celebrate Victoria’s 150th anniversary as a municipality.

Local wins Victoria contest

Crystal Przybille designs 12 bronze sculptures depicting hands

Hands of Time by Vernon native Crystal Przybille is the winning submission to the City of Victoria’s national, juried public art competition.

The goal of the competition was to create artwork that celebrates and acknowledges Victoria’s 150th anniversary of incorporation.

Hands of Time is a series of 12 bronze sculptures depicting life-size hands engaged in activities representative of Victoria’s past, installed at various downtown locations.

“Having the opportunity to actualize my concept for Victoria’s sesquicentennial artwork is deeply gratifying,” said Przybille, who lives in Kelowna.

“The artwork will be simultaneously classical and progressive, designed to engage the public’s imagination, while it expresses and nurtures Victoria’s identity.”

Each pair of three-dimensional hands will be unique, varying in culture, age and gender, and will tell a story about a downtown location.

The artist has proposed specific sites for each sculpture, however, final site selections will be determined during production in collaboration with city staff.

Installation is scheduled for the fall.

Przybille was one of more than 80 artists from across Canada who responded to the call to artists. Sixteen semi-finalists were selected, from which four artists were invited to submit a maquette and a detailed proposal.

The budget for the artworks is $100,000.