Public art at City Hall

Ottawa City Hall is just one of the many public spaces enriched by public art. Match the number on the map to the list below.

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Jim Thomson, On Top of the World (detail), 1990, stoneware and concrete 

1. Jim Thomson, On Top of the World

Artist Jim Thomson's "On Top of the World" is a three-part ceramic sculpture, designed to generate philosophical optimism about the viewer's life and existence. Read about the artist and work. 


Stephen Brathwaite, Family Portrait (detail), 1992, glass and bronze casting 

2. Stephen Brathwaite, Family Portrait

"Family Portrait" by artist Stephen Braithwaite celebrates the individuals that comprise the 'regional family'. Read about the artist and his work.


Michael Bussière, V.I.P. (detail), 1996, concrete, computer, speaker, sound system video camera 

3. Michael Bussière, V.I.P. 

Michael Bussière's "VIP" can be found outside on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall on the Festival Plaza. Read about the artist and work. 


David Ruben Piqtoukun, The Lost Child, 1990, granite stones 

4. David Ruben Piqtoukun, The Lost Child

Artist David Ruben Piqtoukun's sculpture "The Lost Child" symbolizes triumph over the feeling of alienation in the urbanized world. Read about the artist and work.


URBAN KEIOS, The Living Room(detail), 1995, colour anodized aluminum

5. URBAN KEIOS, The Living Room

"The Living Room" by URBAN KEIOS considers the inversion of private and public space and the role that art takes on when this inversion occurs Read about the artists and the work. 


Warren Carther, Sachi's Isochron (detail), 1990, glass 

6. Warren Carther, Sachi’s Isochron

Artist Warren Carther's work, called "Sachi's Isochron" is a permanent window installed high on the southwest rotunda wall, creating a mystical acknowledgement of time and date. 


Trevor Gould, Fable VII (detail), 1990, cast iron and bronze, sandblasted glass 

7. Trevor Gould, Fable VII

Artist Trevor Gould's "Fable VII" consists of three components; the interior inscription, a bronze element in the exterior pool, and the lion with an accompanying frame. Read about the artist and work. 


Stephen Brathwaite, Structure, 1989, granite steel glass 

8. Stephen Brathwaite, Structure

In artist Stephen Braithwaite's "Structure", fragments of polished granite with cut and raw edges are being supported and united by a structure of steel. Read about the artist and work. 


Paula Murray, Nautilus, 1990, anodized aluminium, translucent ceramic 

9. Paula Murray, Nautilus

Drawing inspiration from the nautilus shell, artist Paula Murray created Nautilus to celebrate the energy paralleled in nature and society. Read about the artist and work. 


Bruce Garner, Outreach, 1985, welded bronze and steel 

10. Bruce Garner, Outreach

The 5.94-metre-tall "Outreach" sculpture by artist Bruce Garner, has large branches that move outward and upward imitating technology’s influence on our lives. Read more about the artist and work. 


Carole Sabiston, Rivers Reflecting Seasons (detail), 1990, multi synthetic fabrics, machine bonded 

11. Carole Sabiston, Rivers Reflecting Seasons

The tapestry "Rivers Reflecting Seasons" by artist Carol Sabiston is located in the Keefer Room of the Heritage Building. It symbolizes the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers of the Ottawa-Carlton regional flag and crest. Read about the artist and work.

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