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Have your say: View and give feedback on public art shade structures for Civic Square

The City of Burlington is inviting residents to provide feedback on three design concepts for functional public art shade structures for Civic Square.

The artwork concepts will be presented from May 13 to 27 at City Hall in the lobby atrium and at Burlington Public Library – Central Branch. The concepts are also available online by following this link (CLICK HERE).

Civic Square is being renewed this year to improve accessibility, update its infrastructure and to continue to be a small gathering and event space for the community and local downtown businesses.

As part of this renewal project, the City of Burlington public art program is planning a series of public art shade structures.

The public art shade structures will:

  • Provide cooling and shade to Civic Square,
  • Complement existing uses and programming of the space,
  • Create a playful space that brings people together

Artist Selection

A community jury made up of residents, business owners, artists and arts professionals selected three artists to develop preliminary artwork concepts.  The preliminary concepts will be shared for public feedback and comment. The jury will consider public feedback when they select the winning proposal.

The selected artists are:

  • Louise deLorme
  • Ron Baird

Artist Biographies

Louise deLorme

deLorme is interested in creating hybrid art in which architecture and design are often brought together. Her collaborative projects include the designing and producing of limited Artist Furniture (International Furniture Fair, Javits Center, New York). With the architect P. Leclerc and the artist M. Archambault, she created 200m3, the first center dedicated to architecture in Montreal, exhibiting projects of internationally renowned architects such as Diller Scofidio and Rem Koolhaas. She has collaborated with Transient Value to create specific sound projects.

deLorme’s public art is a site-conscious art and seeks integration between architecture, and the landscape. Central to her approach is the interstice between the viewer and the artwork. Concerned with people, the scale and the sensorial experience of sculpture, her work establishes a physical relationship between the materiality of the work and the body of the viewer as an element of composition; focussing on the viewer integrating the work. Several of her installations encourage visitors to sit, as well as circulate underneath.

Parallel to her practice, she creates Artist’s Book Editions that permit a worldwide diffusion on the web. Her work is part of private and public collections. The artist resides in the Southern Region of Montreal and works at her studio in Bedford, Qc.

RAW Design

RAW Design is an architecture and design firm with broad professional experience that includes a variety of scales and building types. Founded by director Roland Rom Colthoff in 2007, RAW’s portfolio has grown to include multi-unit mixed-use buildings, community master plans, custom homes, public art and interactive environments. RAW has been involved in both the creation and curation of public art and architecture installations throughout Canada including Winter Stations in Toronto, Luminotherapie in Montreal, and Warming Huts in Winnipeg. They are the recipient of the OAA Best Emerging Practice and have received the OAA award and Toronto Urban design award for their work in public art. RAW’s design team brings together interdisciplinary designers with strong backgrounds in architecture, environmental science, fashion and fine art. Their studio operates as a collaborative design network linking diverse practitioners, institutions, consultants and fabricators toward achieving excellent projects.

Ron Baird, RCA, OCAD

Ron Baird has been regularly commissioned to create large-scale, site-specific sculpture installations across Canada and abroad, most recently for the Norwegian Embassy Building in Sri Lanka.

Baird is the winner of numerous awards and medals including Allied Arts awards from both The Royal Architectural Society of Canada and the Ontario Society of Architects for his work. He has been appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of the arts and recently exhibited his sculptures in the Venice Biennale 2018.

Click HERE to view and give feedback on the proposals.

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