June 27, 2006

Original Stream of Dreams Comes Down

The original Stream of Dreams mural at the corner of Kingsway and Edmonds in Burnaby was dismantled today. The southeast Burnaby landmark was removed after six years to make way for a new municipal library, and a commercial/residential complex. A total of 47 volunteers -- Byrne Creek Streamkeepers, Stream of Dreams Murals Society members, Horizontes Explorers, Burnaby City staff and Burnaby Firefighters -- pitched in to get nearly 3,000 painted wooden Dreamfish off the fence in about five hours!

You can read the press release for more information about the event, and also check out the Stream of Dreams Society link above.

We untwisted the metal ties holding the fish to the chain-link fence, or cut them, and then pulled the ties out of the fish. Then the Dreamfish were sorted by condition and size, because we hope to give them new homes on other fences in the Byrne Creek watershed.

Here are some photos of the bittersweet event.

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A line of volunteers removing Dreamfish.

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Moving further down the fence.

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The Horizontes Explorers pitch in.

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Working around the shrubbery :-).

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Boxes fill with beautiful Dreamfish, some still in excellent condition after six years.

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Approaching the end of the fence!

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Burnaby firefighters put on a much-appreciated BBQ. Thanks!

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Pulling metal ties and sorting Dreamfish.

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My wife Yumi looks good to go another couple of hours :-).

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I'm dazed and amazed it's all over.

It was a wonderul group effort. The many hands made short work of the job. Thanks to everyone! Let's get these Dreamfish restored and back up on other fences in the watershed soon...

Posted by Paul at June 27, 2006 08:42 PM