A new public art piece called, Dwelling has been installed on Plains Road in the median near the intersection of Plains Road and Francis Road. The art was created by artist Xiaojing Yan.
A community jury made up of residents, local artists and business owners met to review artist applications for the project. The jury selected Yan’s proposal from three artists’ preliminary concepts, which were displayed for public feedback in the summer. Nearly 220 residents provided comments of the proposals. These comments, along with a technical design review, helped guide the jury’s decision-making process.
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 a Masters in Fine Arts for Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Fine Arts 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.