Creating art from nature
They’re different from topiary–another gardening art–where a single plant is pruned into a shape. Instead, Eco-sculptures start with a metal frame that's packed with soil. Plants are selected for their colours and textures. A design is created and the structure is mapped to show where each type of plant goes. As the they grow, the design fills in, creating a imaginative living sculpture.
See how Burnaby's Eco-sculptures are created.
Beautiful as they are, our Eco-sculptures also serve a purpose. Some sculptures draw attention to the challenges faced by the creatures who share our city, encouraging us to do our part in protecting their environment. Others give a nod to the rich history of our city's cultural past.
Explore Eco-sculptures in Burnaby
Every summer, Eco-sculptures are placed throughout Burnaby from June to the end of September as a unique attraction for residents and tourists alike.
Check out the maps below to build your own Eco-sculpture walking tour.
View interactive story map
View PDF map
Burnaby's Eco-sculpture program appeals to all age groups. It's fun, educational and perfect for exploring environmental issues and building a sense of community.
Consider volunteering to create these living sculptures or partner with us by helping fund its ongoing development. Here's how:
Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!
Each spring, the Eco-sculpture program invites community members to visit the City Nursery, learn how sculptures are created, and get hands-on experience planting a sculpture. No experience is necessary.
Register for 2023 planting dates:
Thank you to all our Eco-sculpture volunteers for your enthusiasm! All our spring sessions have now been filled.
- Sign-in, introduction and general instructions (10-15 mins)
- Planting (approximately 1.5 hours depending on the group)
- Clean-up and refreshments served (15-20 mins)
If your group size or attendance changes, please let us know; we may have a wait-list and will invite other community members to attend. All minors must have permission to participate from their parents or guardian.
Photos will be taken at the event to document and promote Burnaby's eco-planting community participation activities. You will need to sign a photo release document at the event.
Burnaby's Eco-sculpture program depends on a broad range of partners and corporate funding to sustain the benefits it creates–environmental education and awareness, community engagement and tourism.
Make an online donation
Protecting your privacy through our online donation program
The personal information you provide to CanadaHelps (the registered charity that manages donations to the City of Burnaby's Eco-sculpture program) is collected and used under the authority of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The information is used only for the purpose of processing online donations and providing tax receipts to donors. If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information, please contact [email protected].
To volunteer in the Eco-sculpture program:
Please call 604-294-7450 or email [email protected].
For donations and partnership inquiries:
Manager, Parks Design
Email: [email protected]