Bruce Voyce has long believed that art has transformative power, opening the minds and hearts of others. Public art shapes shared spaces into places of inspiration and connection. By exploring the interface between nature and humanity, Voyce’s work, including Nest with Chrome Eggs celebrates life. Voyce’s realization of the public imagination by changing a passing moment into something mysterious and beautiful, utilizes an evolving exploration of materials. Hybrid forms are created that are simultaneously natural and artificial. His sculptures read in a way that is familiar and enigmatic—there is a step beyond self-expression, towards illuminating physical consciousness.
Sculpture specifically can interconnect the realms of art, science, nature and humanity. Public art can act as a unified gesture of permanence. Nature gently reclaims technology; the landscape is integrated with the art, and the art with the land. With these principles in mind, the environment becomes a theatre, creating a world of possibilities and wonder. Each work of art speaks of craftsmanship and a unique vision. Art, science, nature and technology, history and mythology all have influence in Voyce’s process and these influences mingle within the artwork. He feels that connecting these disparate fields is important for human progress. Nest with Chrome Eggs was created at the request of the City of Burnaby Landscape
Architect Kate Clark. The artwork is seen as a unique feature that connects the arbour to the elements of the surrounding natural landscape. A bird’s nest was chosen to be integrated into an existing large tree stump in the adjacent forest. Creating a sense of wonder and mystery, the metal nest speaks of a fusion of the natural and artificial. The landscape is integrated with the artwork and the artwork is integrated with the landscape. Created with a very modest budget, the artwork has reflective elements that speak of the way that birds such as crows are known to add reflective material into their nests to “adorn” their home with beauty. The sculpture is a playful homage to the idea of home and how we are drawn to customize and beautify our living spaces. The artwork speaks of the very nature of Landscape Architecture and our relationship with nature.
Arts have been integral throughout the life of Bruce Voyce. He’s always believed in the importance of contributing to the well being of others leading to a degree in Physiotherapy from McGill University. During an extended period of recuperation in the hospital, Voyce began to sculpt and explore the transformative power of art. Public art became his guiding force, and he studied art in both Florence and Pietrasanta Italy. At Capilano University independent studies allowed Voyce to develop processes for creating large scale artwork. Since 2005 his public art has animated public spaces as far away as Japan. Each project is an exploration of history, culture, form and public engagement. “I have a strong belief in the transformative power of public art. It is clear to me that this artwork not only defines our public spaces, but our shared values and future.”