One of around 650 tiles currently being installed at the Duck Pond trestle walking bridge

Tiles being installed at the Duck Pond

The trestle walking bridge at Lake Cowichan’s the Duck Pond is looking a lot more homey.

The trestle walking bridge at Lake Cowichan’s the Duck Pond is looking a lot more homey.

About half of the 650 clay tiles Cowichan Lake area residents created last year have been installed at the Duck Pond trestle walking bridge, in Lake Cowichan.

The tiles were created under a project centred around the question “What is home?”

The tiles installation hasn’t been without its troubles, though.

“I was so disappointed to see that about 90 tiles had been removed,” Ewa Sniatycka said.

Sniatycka is one of the tile project’s key organizers, using funding through the Cowichan Intercultural Society.

“The bulk of the damage was done just after the first day of installation, when the glue had not yet firmly set up,” Sniatycka said. “There is also evidence of some prying away of tiles, but after it is dry, the glue holds well.”

Apprehensive as to whether or not more should be installed, the project is tentatively going forth, Sniatycka said, with volunteers heading out over the final two Tuesdays of July, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.

By the end of July, all remaining 650 tiles should be installed, Sniatycka said, adding a locally-created art component to the well-used bridge.

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