The City of Burlington, through its Public Art Program, has selected Xiaojing Yan’s design proposal Dwelling for the public artwork on a median on Plains Road near the intersection at Francis Road.
A community jury made up of residents, local artists and business owners reviewed three artist proposals and public feedback from 220 residents this summer. The jury’s final decision is Xiaojing Yan’s Dwelling. The artwork is expected to be installed in spring 2018.
About the artwork
Dwelling has six house shapes in different sizes made of stainless steel. It can be appreciated at many vantage points. The artwork creates a marker for the community and a sense of identity and belonging.
A house creates a sense of place, belonging and home. The notion of home relates to places of memory, family history, social comment and environmental issues. It is through relationships and experiences that a house becomes a home.
The house image has been turned into a greenhouse to honour the Royal Botanical Gardens. This represents health, physical activity and recreation. It also suggests an evolving social metaphor of sustainability and self-sufficiency.
About the artist
Xiaojing Yan is a Chinese Canadian artist who lives and works in Markham, Ont. She received an MFA for Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from Nanjing Arts Institution in China.
Yan’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. Her work has been included in many private and public collections. She is also a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a project grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and Mid-career Grant from Ontario Arts Council.