by: Olka Art
In 2021-2022, "Discovery" was commissioned by the Province of New Brunswick for Arc-en-ciel School as part of the Public Art Policy for New Brunswick.
“Discovery” is a painted mural with 3-D relief installed in the cafeteria of Arc-en-ciel School. The work features children looking through magnifying glasses at ants and dandelions. According to Olka Art, the dandelion is a symbol of military children. It is also a symbol of the growth of hope, healing and happiness. Second are the ants, which represents hard work of persevering in order and cooperation. The artwork's rainbow colours reflect the diversity of the community and the spectrum of sexuality and gender.
"Childhood is a time of magic and shapeshifting when children use their imagination in play, they are developing crucial psychological and emotional capacities that help them understand the world in which they live and their relation to it; they are learning to solve problems, create new possibilities, even change the world." - Olka Art