Paul Deggan, Untitled, 1965
copper, aluminum and brass
Photo: Howard Ursuliak

Paul Deggan

, 1965

copper, brass, aluminum
272.0 cm x 455.0 cm
Commissioned with support from the BC Teachers' Federation, 1965

Located on the exterior of the north wall of the Neville Scarfe Building entrance, this wall relief was commissioned through a gift from the BC Teachers’ Federation to mark the opening of the new Education Building. Deggan’s work was chosen by a jury from 30 proposals submitted by artists across the country.

The work consists of three separate components made of different materials—copper, brass and aluminum—and over time each has turned a different colour. Though the work is abstract, Deggan took his inspiration from nature, and the sculpture’s design calls up the patterns of leaves and the texture of tree bark.

Deggan (b. 1932) was born in England and educated at the Kingston School of Art, the Chichester School of Art and the Worthing College of Arts and Crafts in England. He moved to Canada in 1957 and taught at the Vancouver School of Art and Capilano College. In 1980, Deggan and his French-born wife Babette, who works in pottery, created the Centre Festival des Arts de Montaigut-le-Blanc in the Auvergne region of France. The Centre offered summer workshops in painting, drawing, French language, writing and photography. The Deggans ran this program for 24 years until they retired to Bowen Island, BC in 2005.