Hamilton Public Library asks residents which mural they want to see on new branch

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Published August 30, 2021 at 1:11 pm

The Hamilton Public Library (HPL) is asking members of the public to vote on the mural they’d like to see appear on one of its newly rebuilt branches.

In May, HPL issued a call for artist submissions for the mural, which will grace an exterior wall (14.62m wide x 4.27m high) of the new Valley Park Branch at Paramount Drive and Mud Street.

The entries have been narrowed down to six murals and HPL has launched an online survey to allow residents to choose their favourite and explain why they would like to see it appear on the new library.

There is a jury panel that will make the final decision on the winning artwork but the survey will help to inform the panel in its final decision-making stages.

The winning proposal will be awarded $5,000 and it is hoped that the mural will serve as a reflection of the history, diversity, local relevance and geographical wonders of Upper Stoney Creek and its neighbourhoods.

The library, located at 970 Paramount Dr., has been closed since the Fall of 2019 as construction got underway to increase the former facility from its 3,000 sq. ft. to approximately 12,000 square feet.

Upon completion, the building will feature improved energy efficiencies, more windows, higher ceilings, a makers’ space and a number of other new amenities.

The Valley Park Rec Centre is also getting some much-needed upgrades.

The project was originally slated to finish up this Fall, but the pandemic has caused some delays and the building is now expected to open back up in the Spring of 2022.

Survey respondents have until September 8 to participate. The survey can be accessed on HPL’s website.

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