City of Hamilton seeks public input on new Public Artwork

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Published July 28, 2021 at 3:31 pm

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The City of Hamilton is seeking public comments on five short-listed artist proposals for a permanent Public Artwork to be installed in Century Street Parkette at the corner of Wentworth and Wilson Streets.

The City says the work will be “a landmark that expresses the character” of the area.

“Art is not a mirror held up to reflect society but a hammer with which to shape it, a quote by Bertolt Brecht that always comes ringing back through public art for me,” said Nrinder Nann, Ward 3 Councillor. “This artwork will serve as the final touch at the Century Street parkette which has undergone a beautiful transformation. I look forward to celebrating the winning artist or artist-led team chosen from the five short-listed artist proposals.”

A jury of volunteer citizens, stakeholders. and artists reviewed 40 artist and artist-led team’s submissions and short-listed five proposals.

Artists were asked to propose works that are inclusive and “functional or interactive piece(s) that reflect the proud local history and human stories of the Gibson and Landsdale Area (GALA) neighbourhood.”

One artist or artist-led team will be awarded $120,000 if their proposal is selected for the fabrication of their work.

“We would like to thank the artists for their unique proposals for the parkette,” said Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Director, Tourism and Culture.

“These proposals will be inspiring and thought provoking to the citizens of Ward 3 and the City at large. The opinions of citizens play an essential role in selecting a work of public art that will be embraced by the community and contribute to improving public spaces.”

The proposals can be viewed, and comments submitted online at: hamilton.ca/CenturyStreetParketteArt

The deadline to submit online comments is Aug. 22, 2021.

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