RELEASE – The City continues to celebrate the power of public art to enliven public spaces through two new projects. Both projects expand a range of public art experiences that already exist and help create a “public art summer” at a time when people are more outdoors and have the chance to rediscover their community.
“These efforts demonstrate a commitment to art in the public domain, celebrate the City’s public art collection and the artists who support it, and continue to create opportunities for the public to connect and connect. engage with public art, ”said Colin Wiginton, Director, Arts & Cultural Services.
Artist selected for the HUB project
Contemporary Canadian artist Brandon Vickerd has been selected to create the permanent public art installation “The Wilds of Kingston” as part of the HUB project, enlivening the intersection of Princess and Division streets and connecting adjacent neighborhoods in new and creative ways.
Brandon Vickerd and “The Wilds of Kingston” were selected following a multi-step process involving a jury of local professional artists, curators and community members. The process began with a national call for submissions whereby 16 submissions were received. The jury shortlisted three artists and Kingston residents were invited to participate in a three-week online consultation process in January 2021 to provide input to help shortlisted artists finalize their submissions. Vickerd’s final proposal met the project objectives well and includes a two-part bronze installation that is surprising, accessible and appropriate for its location.
“Brandon Vickerd’s vibrant and playful public art work will create an intimate sense of discovery in downtown Kingston and change the perspective of the cityscape as pedestrians walk the sidewalk along Princess Street,” said Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development. “The artwork aims to celebrate the social scene and the energy of the ‘Hub’, creating a lasting landmark and adding new character to the region.”
Vicker is a Hamilton artist and professor of sculpture at York University, where he is also Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. His public works of art are exhibited across Canada in Ottawa, Calgary, Waterloo, Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Edmonton.
This permanent work of art is expected to be completed by fall 2021. The $ 125,000 project is funded by the Main Street Revitalization Initiative and the city of Kingston.
Vickerd’s “The Wilds of Kingston” will be the City’s third permanent public art installation in 2021. “Horse and Cart” by Nicholas Crombach (Victoria Park) and “Manidoo Ogitigan” (“Spirit Garden”) by Terence Radford (Lake Ontario Park) were completed in June.
Arts Walk: Explore Public Art in Kingston
As part of Love Kingston Marketplace 2021, the City of Kingston launched the Walk for the Arts to encourage residents to go out and discover a combination of new and existing public artwork, both temporary and permanent. Explore the promenade des arts.
the Promenade des Arts is a self-guided public art tour through the city, accessible online or by mobile phone. Printed March of the Arts postcards can also be picked up at various locations, including Town Hall. Most of the Promenade des Arts is within walking distance in and around the city center with additional public art facilities accessible by bike, car, and public transport. The focus is on City-owned and / or managed public art installations located along the Kingston waterfront (from Lake Ontario Park to Douglas Fluhrer Park) and including facilities in Williamsville (Victoria Park) and in suburban areas (INVISTA center and YGK airport).
The creation of the Marche des Arts is a Strategic priority of Kingston City Council which aims to promote healthy citizens and vibrant spaces. The March for the Arts is also planned as a phased project that will continue to develop over time in a way that allows people to explore Kingston and experience the many ways artists bring the city to life and make it unique. to live, visit and enjoy.
“Summer of public art”
The city’s public art program continues to gain momentum and this summer there are several temporary public art projects that can be experienced and enjoyed across the city featuring the work of local artists. and national.
- Paved Paradise 2021, an outdoor public art platform made up of seven pedestrianized billboards located on the north side of Brock Street at Ontario Street. The 2021 artist is Floriana Ehninger-Cuervo with her exhibition “Inside” (June-November).
- Grand OnStage presents “The Woman in White” at the Grand Theater (218 Princess Street), an exhibition of augmented reality photos by Roshanak Jaberi, a Canadian artist of Iranian origin based in Toronto (June-November).
- #WhereFromHere, a city-wide public art project through which local artists reflect and capture life during COVID-19 and beyond (July-October).
- Billboard Poetry Project, a platform on Princess and Division streets for rotating public art installations of poetry created by Kingston poets (January-September).
Find more information on the Public art program and exhibitions.
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