New art installation and “Marche des arts” as part of the city’s public art program


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Brandon Vickerd – The Kingston Wilderness. Image via City of Kingston.

The City of Kingston continues its efforts to expand public art experiences throughout the city. Their current projects will expand on the artistic experiences that already exist and create a “public art summer” while people are more often outside.

“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.

The city published details of these projects in a press release dated Monday, July 12, 2021:

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, animating the intersection of Princess and Division streets and connecting adjacent neighborhoods in new ways. and creative.

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. The city said Vickerd’s final proposal meets the project’s goals 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.”

Vickerd 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 artwork 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, the statement said.

Render of “Wilds of Kingston” as it will be installed in the Hub. Image provided by 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 March of the Arts to encourage residents to step out and discover a combination of new and existing public artwork, both temporary and permanent, according to the communicated.

The Arts Walk 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 Arts Walk are within walking distance in and around the city center with additional public art facilities accessible by bike, car and public transport, the city said. 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 promenade for the arts is a strategic priority for Kingston City Council which aims to promote healthy citizens and vibrant spaces, the statement said. The March for the Arts is also planned as a multi-phased project that will continue to expand over time so that people continue to explore Kingston and discover the many ways that artists bring the city to life and make it one. unique place to live, visit and enjoy, says the city.

“Summer of public art”

The City of Kingston’s public art program continues to grow and this summer there are several temporary public art projects that can be experienced and enjoyed across the city, featuring the work of ‘local and national artists.

  • Paved Paradise 2021, an outdoor public art platform made up of seven pedestrian display panels 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).
  • # Where from here, 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 poets from Kingston (January-September).

More information on the public art program and exhibits can be found at https://www.cityofkingston.ca/explore/culture-history/arts/public-art/.

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Kayleen C. Rice

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