New public art selected for the Winston Square development project

11 06 2014

Local artist team Adrian Göllner and Joanna Swim have been awarded the public art commission for the Winston Square development project. Construction is currently underway for the development which will see it transformed into a new pedestrian plaza for the local community, with an inside-outside theme, new paving, contemporary benches, ‘green walls’, and a new public art light installation to illuminate the space.

Göllner and Swim will be creating the ‘Winston Chandelier’, a large 7ft chandelier constructed from bright red-orange laser-cut aluminum panels. The chandelier will depict flora and fauna identified with the Westboro area as silhouettes including the Spotted Turtle, the Mountain Ash Tree and the Small Mouth Bass. The bracket supporting the chandelier is conceived of as a branch of Mountain Ash sprouting out of the lamppost. The chandelier is scheduled to be installed by the end of October 2014. You can view the art to be displayed here:art

Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs comments: “I am pleased that as a result of 3 years of working with the community and the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area, we will soon have an inviting new public space on Richmond Road, our community’s mainstreet. This iconic work of original public art will help invite the community to Winston Square who will now have a place to call their own.”

The Winston Square public art installation was funded in part from the Kitchissippi Ward Cash-in-lieu of Parkland Fund and with contributions from local Westboro-based business Domicile Developments.
The Public Art Program commissions artists’ works for display in public spaces. One percent of funds for municipal development projects is set aside for public art to enhance the space and make art accessible to everyone.

The City’s Public Art Program initiated a two-stage public art competition for the Winston Square development project. Proposals were reviewed by a Peer Assessment committee, who selected Adrian Göllner and Joanna Swim’s proposal based on evaluation criteria that included such considerations as artistic excellence, experience of the artist, site integration, reflection of the profile and character of the community, and sustainability.

For more information about the new public art, visit ottawa.ca/arts or call 3-1-1.

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