The Shadow by artist Esther Shalev-Gerz is a public art work that embeds a ghostly silhouette of a first-growth Douglas fir tree across the expanse of University Commons Plaza (outside the AMS Student Nest), situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Pixelated through the use of differing shades of paving stones, The Shadow engages pedestrians through its varied texture and tone underfoot, yet does not reveal the entire form. As in the landscape, the totality of the tree can only be grasped from a distance: The Shadow requires a view from higher ground to be complete.
The Shadow project was completed earlier this year, and the image of this beautiful landmark was photographed by Kevin Phelan, Project Coordinator at Project Services. Postcards are available at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.