Outdoor Art Collection

Outdoor art on campus culturally enriches our public spaces and improves the cultural vitality of our community.

Story Poles

Since the formation of the UBC Okanagan Campus in 2005, works of outdoor art have been collected and displayed on campus as part of the university’s Public Art Collection.

With support, research and maintenance from the UBC Okanagan Art Gallery, our outdoor collection engages the public and showcases our art collection. These outdoor artworks tell the story of the relationship between UBC and the Okanagan, and are part of our commitment to bring art into everyday life.

Story Poles

sn̓ilíʔtn, a permanent installation by Syilx artist Les Louis and co-funded by the ONA and UBC, was erected in September of 2016 in the central courtyard on campus to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of UBC Okanagan and the UBC Centennial.

Campus location: Arts Commons

Story Poles


Pair of Deer

Two bronze deer grace the grounds of UBC’s Okanagan campus, a gift that will forever stand as a legacy to former undergraduate student River Sidley. River died suddenly in 2014 and received a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree in June 2015. The deer were installed into the university’s courtyard in June of 2017.

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Campus location: Arts Commons

Pair of Deer


A Decomposition

Byron Johnston, emeritus associate professor visual arts, donated one of his works, A Decomposition, to the university in 2010. The sculpture was erected between the Arts and Sciences buildings and features a variety of materials in stages of decomposition. A Decomposition invites people to look through a peephole at solitary details of adjacent, natural elements.

Campus location: Between the Arts and Science building

Byron Johnston, A Decomposition


Toy Amenity

Maury Baden  tries to provoke a perceptual crisis that assaults the viewer’s confidence in the information that comes through the senses. His practice has always involved materials, just like any artist who makes objects. Ideally, however, he is less interested in the object than in the experience. He wants the viewer to enter the object (or the space) and have an experience that is visceral, internal, and sensorially cross-circuited.

Campus location: Creative & Critical Studies building

Maury Baden