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Murmurations: A Score for Social Distancing

Lansdowne Centre

5300 Number 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2X9

Richmond, BC

Self guided Interdisciplinary Nature & outdoors Physical activity & movement Visual arts

Murmurations: A Score for Social Distancing is a choreographic notation for seven dancers. Based on the movements of birds flying in a flock, the choreography invites the dancers to perform an interconnected set of movements while never coming within two metres of each other. The work is installed on the parking lot in front of Lansdowne Mall and references the social distancing directions that we now see in public spaces. The participatory artwork invites visitors to follow the directional markings on the pavement, like an interconnected hopscotch, and perform the dance. Lou Sheppard is an interdisciplinary artist from K'jipuktuk/Halifax. They have exhibited in Canada and internationally, notably in the Toronto Biennial, in the Antarctic Biennale and the Antarctic Pavilion in Venice. Sheppard received the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award in 2017, and was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2018 and 2020. Their work often leads them to collaborate with communities and with musicians, visual artists and performing artists. They are the current Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence in Richmond, BC. Images: Michael Love

This event runs the duration of Culture Days.

Lou Sheppard Website

This event is free.

Organized by

City of Richmond Public Art Program

The City of Richmond is a leader in creating opportunities for public art and is committed to building the cultural health and well being of the community now and in the future. Public art animates the built and natural environment with meaning, contributing to a vibrant city in which to live and visit. By placing artwork in our everyday environment, the Public Art Program sparks community participation in the building of our public spaces, offers public access to ideas generated by contemporary art, celebrates community history, identity, achievements and aspirations, encourages citizens to take pride in community cultural expression and creates a forum to address relevant themes and issues of interest and concern to Richmond's citizens.


5300 Number 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2X9

Richmond, BC

The artwork is located in the parking lot of Lansdowne Centre, near the intersection of Alderbridge Way and No. 3 Road.

Event Contact

Richmond Public Art




This event is wheelchair accessible.