Help Create “Cultural Mulch”
The city and its public art consultant, CoBALT Connects announced today artist Peter Powning’s work, Spiral Stela, has been selected as the winning design for a public art installation at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
Powning, of New Brunswick, was selected from a group of 119 artists from around the world who submitted designs for the project.
A jury of local residents and cultural arts experts short-listed applicants to three finalists. More than 500 residents gave feedback, online and in person, on the three designs. After reviewing public comments, the volunteer jury selected the winner.
“It’s wonderful to see so much community input,” said Kim Phillips, general manager of community and corporate services. “Spiral Stela captures the spirit of culture and public participation.”
The jury included: Ian Ross, Executive Director of the Burlington Art Centre; Emma Quin, Executive Director of the Ontario Craft Council; Trevor Copp, Artistic Director of Tottering Biped Theatre.
“We were impressed by the number of high-quality designs we received from talented artists,” said Chris Glenn, director of parks and recreation. “We want to thank the community for providing comments and the volunteer jury for reviewing each one to make this very tough decision.”
To continue the theme of community involvement through to the final design and fabrication process, the artist is asking the community to participate in the creation of what he calls “cultural mulch”.
Residents are invited to bring objects of significance to one of three sessions where the artist will make a mould of the object, which will then be cast in bronze and added to a large band that encircles the sculpture.
Drop by one of the sessions below with an item to contribute to the project:
2331 New St.
|Holland Room||Thursday, Jan. 31||10 a.m. to 3 p.m.|
|Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust St.
|Main Lobby||Thursday, Jan. 31||7 to 9 p.m.|
|Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Rd.
|Lakeshore Room||Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013||2 to 4 p.m.
(artist lecture and casting session)
Spiral Stela continues the successful career of Powning who has completed several public art projects across the country and whose work can be seen at solo exhibitions worldwide and locally at the Burlington Art Centre.
The city’s public art program would again like to thank Dan Lawrie, a long-time Burlington resident and successful business owner, for his contribution of $37,500 to support the art project.
“I’m pleased this unique piece of public art will be located outside of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre,” said Lawrie. “Having it on street level will make it accessible for all to enjoy.”
The work is scheduled to be installed in late summer of 2013.
For more information contact:
905-335-7600, ext. 7352
Plains Road Community Art Project
A small to medium scale work focused on creating engaging spaces and neighbourhood identity is under development for the Plains Road area. The Public Art Managers are currently working with a steering committee comprised of community members and project stakeholders to identify the project scope and potential location.