Arts & Culture

A Look at Kelowna's Best Public Art Installations

A white statue of dolphins leaping over a fountain in front of a building with a blue sky background in Kelowna.


Brimming with natural beauty, Kelowna has much to offer to locals and tourists alike. Every visit quickly reveals it's not just the lakes, vineyards, and mountain vistas that make this place unique. Known for fostering the arts, Kelowna is a colourful scene of artworks, both in indoor galleries and in the open air. The city’s public spaces are adorned with hundreds of alluring public art installations, blending art and everyday life, often with a touch of social commentary. This list reviews some of those enchanting public art installations, detailing their significance, artist credits, and locations.

Spirit of Sail

The "Spirit of Sail," located at the foot of Bernard Avenue near the entrance to City Park, is one of Kelowna's most iconic public art installations. Created by local sculptor Robert Dow Reid in 1978, this towering 12-meter high fiberglass sculpture symbolizes Kelowna’s close relationship with Okanagan Lake. Often referred to simply as "The Sails," it has become a recognizable landmark featured in numerous tourism materials. The sculpture captures the nature of wind-filled sails, reflecting the city's maritime heritage and dynamic waterfront culture.


"Rhapsody" is a dynamic and visually engaging sculpture located in Stuart Park, adjacent to the Kelowna Yacht Club. Designed by Robert Dow Reid, this installation features a series of stylized, curvilinear shapes that evoke the fluidity of music and movement. The sculpture’s abstract form and bright presence make it a focal point in the park, encouraging interaction and contemplation among visitors. "Rhapsody" enhances the cultural landscape of Kelowna by merging artistic expression with the natural beauty of the lakeside setting​.

Stones Pear Grove

"Stones Pear Grove" is an earthwork installation located in Ben Lee Park. Designed by artist Craig Sibley and completed in 2005, this installation features two grass mounds bisected by a dry creek bed, forming a yin-yang symbol. Encircled by flowering pear trees and connected by a small red bridge, the installation pays homage to the park's history as an orchard operated by the Tamagi family. The artwork symbolizes community and continuity, reflecting on the values of unity, acceptance, and the importance of community in fostering imagination and creativity.


Public art speaks volumes about a city's spirit, and Kelowna’s artworks are no exception. These open-air canvases beckon patrons to interact, appreciate, and reflect, forging a unique connection between art, viewer, and location. The dynamic showcase of talent and creativity around every Kelowna corner mirrors the city's natural beauty, demonstrating that public art is indeed a meaningful expression of community identity. By promoting public participation, fostering social dialogue, and enhancing aesthetics, these public art installations collectively contribute to shaping Kelowna’s cultural landscape.