Motif of One and Many, Richmond BC, 2015

Motif of One and Many explores the idea of a community as the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. A colourful grid of tessellating triangles covers the floor of the new City Centre Community Centre second floor lobby, considering individuals and groups who have come together to form new relationships. Research conducted at the City of Richmond Archives inspired a layout that echoes ancient motifs and acknowledges the city’s cultural diversity. The word ‘motif’ commonly refers to ‘a repeated theme or pattern,’ a term used in visual arts, textile arts, and folklore. The origin of the word ‘motif’ also refers to ‘a motive,’ as in ‘that which inwardly moves a person’.

Commissioned by the City of Richmond.

Finished photos by David Gregory.