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Award of Merit: Urban Elements

Award of Merit: Urban Elements

Award of Merit: Urban Elements
A View from Two Sides

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“A View from Two Sides” is a City of Ottawa public art commission located on the Adawe Crossing Pedestrian Bridge. The artwork features two 1.5m diameter reflective stainless steel spheres, suspended at eye level above the water. Each sphere presents the observer with an ever-changing panoramic view that includes the sky, river, shores, bridge, pedestrians and cyclists. The artwork is an “Urban Element” on a major pedestrian and cycling connection between the Vanier and Overbrook communities with Sandy Hill, the University of Ottawa and Ottawa’s downtown core.

The bridge provides access to the natural beauty of the surrounding parks, river, and community from the middle of the river. “A View from Two sides” condenses that broader visual experience into two locations and places the viewer in the middle, both visually and figuratively, enhancing the human experience of a beautiful location. The artwork offers a place to meet the surrounding environment and experience the sensuality of engagement.

Project Team

  • Kenneth Emig; Artist - Emig Research
  • Paul Mace; Leibe Engineering Associates
  • Robert Schneider; Cintube Ltd.
  • Lynda Hall; formerly of the Public Art Program, City of Ottawa
  • Public Art Program; City of Ottawa
  • City of Ottawa; Project Owner / Developer

Jury Comments

The project offers a focal point along the new pedestrian route that emphasizes an interaction of space and allows us to become part of the view. It is a simple idea that is bigger than what it is. A clever play on perspective

 

Award of Merit: Urban Elements
Erratic Field

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Over 10,000 years ago glaciers scattered large boulders, commonly known as erratics, across the landscape. Inspired by clusters of ancient stone found in the Ottawa region, Erratic Field transforms the suburban environment with carefully executed minimal sculptures, each varying in size and design, arranged in an apparently random order.

Gracing the landscaped escarpment on Trim Road between Old Montreal Road and Antigonish Avenue in Orléans, the artwork transforms the space with a group of contemporary sculptures constructed from Cor-Ten steel. As the surface weathers over time a rich purple brown patina will cover the surface, bringing the sculptures closer to nature, beautifully complementing the surrounding urban green-space. As viewers gather and move through the space they become a part of a constantly changing configuration suggestive of an ancient site of reverence akin to megalithic standing stones. The artwork enriches the identity and character of the natural site, adding visual interest for vehicle and pedestrian commuters alike.

Project Team

  • Shayne Dark; Artist 
  • Lloyd Treneer; George A. Wright & Son
  • Kristine Dimoff; WSP
  • Paul Jakowec, Kelly Lalonde; Robinson Consulting
  • Luc Chevrier; Coco Paving
  • Melissa Black, Hannah Kingscote, Joe Mojsej; Ingrid Coney; City of Ottawa
  • City of Ottawa; Project Owner / Developer

Jury Comments

An Ottawa moment and vernacular. This is a piece with different material planes that play with light and express the natural heritage of the area, like a glacier falling back, and captures the colours of Fall. It will also stand out in the winter against a white backdrop; remaining beautiful in a changing landscape. A success given that sculptures along highways are difficult to engage with.