Artwork selected for Burlington arts centre
Peter Powning's Spiral Stela the winning design for a public art installation at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
Artist's rendering of Peter Powning's Spiral Stela.
The results are in and the winner is… Spiral Stela .
The artwork envisioned by New Brunswick artist Peter Powning has been selected as the winning design for a public art installation at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
Powning was selected from a group of 119 artists from around the world who submitted designs for the project.
A jury of local residents and cultural arts experts short-listed applicants to three finalists.
More than 500 residents gave feedback, online and in person, on the three designs. After reviewing public comments, the volunteer jury selected the winner.
The jury included Ian Ross, executive director of the Burlington Art Centre, Emma Quin, executive director of the Ontario Craft Council and Trevor Copp, artistic director of Tottering Biped Theatre.
“We were impressed by the number of high-quality designs we received from talented artists,” said Chris Glenn, director of parks and recreation. “We want to thank the community for providing comments and the volunteer jury for reviewing each one to make this very tough decision.”
To continue the theme of community involvement through to the final design and fabrication process, the artist is asking the community to participate in the creation of what he calls “cultural mulch”.
Residents are invited to bring objects of significance to one of three sessions where the artist will make a mould of the object, which will then be cast in bronze and added to a large band that encircles the sculpture.
Casting sessions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Holland Room at Central Library, 2331 New St.; Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7-9 p.m. in the main lobby at Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St., and on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 2-4 p.m. in the Lakeshore Room at Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road.
The Feb. 3 event will include an artist lecture and casting session.
Some of the suggested items for casting are musical instruments, keys, special clothing like hats and boots, medals, family heirlooms or any item that has personal or community significance.
The commission was made possible by Dan Lawrie, a downtown Burlington resident and businessman who donated $37,500 toward the project. The city’s portion of the budget is $75,000.
“I’m pleased this unique piece of public art will be located outside of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre,” said Lawrie. “Having it on street level will make it accessible for all to enjoy.”
The work is scheduled for installation in late summer of 2013.
For more information, visit http://burlingtonpublicart.com/news .
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