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Public art brings colour, beauty and imagination to neighbourhoods all over town. Whether it’s a mural at a Transitway station or a sculpture along the sidewalk, public art has become part of the fabric of this city - inspiring residents and visitors alike.

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Public art is coming to a neighbourhood near you! Public art commissions accompany major capital projects such as the O-Train Confederation Line. Using a percent of the capital project's total budget, new art commissions are planned for public sites and are awarded to an artist based on a peer assessment committee's recommendation. When complete, public art commissions enter into the City of Ottawa Art Collection.

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Request for Proposals - Art Consultant for Stage 2 LRT Art Program

Published October 18, 2017

Request for Proposals (RFP) #01317-9607-P01 Art Consultant for Stage 2 LRT Art Program


The City of Ottawa is seeking proposal submissions to provide professional Art Consultant Services for the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Art Program.

The Stage 2 Art Program will commence in late 2017 and be completed in 2023. The Stage 2 LRT project will add more than 40 kilometres and 23 new stations to the City’s O-Train network.

For more information on Request For Proposals   

Solicitation Number: 01317-96207-P01

MERX Reference Number: 68794

RFP Timeline and other Critical Dates:

The following dates are tentative and subject to change at the City’s sole discretion.


Date and Local Time

RFP release date

 Monday, 16 October 2017

Deadline to submit questions to RFP

Monday, 30 October 2017

Last day for issuance of Addenda

Thursday, 02 November 2017

RFP closing date

Monday, 13 November 20173:00 pm    Local Time

Evaluation of Submissions

November 2017

Award of Contract

December 2017

Proposals shall be received no later than 3:00 P.M. local time on Monday, 13 November 2017.

Contracting Authority:

For further information regarding the RFP, please contact the Contracting Authority:

David Baird, Purchasing Officer
Supply Services
Telephone: 613-580-2424, ext. 25118

Proponents are advised that all communications with the City related to this RFP must be directly and only with the Contracting Authority, preferably by e-mail.

RESCHEDULED: Launch Party – Sonicity App

Published October 17, 2017

Sonicity reimagines our public transit as a rich soundtrack of original music

Please note, the event on October 21st, at the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, 7 Bayview Road is cancelled and will be rescheduled shortly.

Stay tuned for upcoming schedule and details!

Sonicity reimagines our public transit as a rich soundtrack of original music inspired by the city. Download the app today to experience your bus commute like never before. Listen to six tracks composed by Ottawa musicians for their favorite OC Transpo bus route.

For more information:

Art Walk with Artengine

Published September 22, 2017

Image: Ludic Fields, Loop, Cloud (detail). Courtesy of Artengine.

Ottawa’s artist-run media, production and presentation centre, Artengine, has brought three unique and interactive public art installations to Ottawa.

Experience the playful and interactive light and media based artworks Ludic Fields, Loop and Cloud on this fascinating walking tour. Hear first hand from Artengine’s creative team about how the artwork came to be and see how public art can enliven and animate public spaces.

Join us!
Date: Wednesday September 27
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Ogilvy Square, at Rideau Street and Nicholas Street

Councillor Mathieu Fleury will kick off the walking tour at Ogilvy Square the site of Ludic Fields by Artengine, commissioned by the Public Art Program. The tour will then proceed to Loop by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix in the Byward Market and conclude with a visit to Cloud by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett at the National Arts Centre (NAC).

Bring your walking shoes and dress for the weather! The art walk be just under a kilometer of walking. 

For more information:
Public Art Program

Image: Ludic Fields, Loop, Cloud (detail).  Courtesy of Artengine.

Call to Artists: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion (OAG) and Arts Court Redevelopment Project

Deadline:         Tuesday November 14, 2017, 4:00 p.m. EST

Budget:            $385,000.00 in Canadian Dollars + HST

Information:     Melissa Black, Public Art Officer

The City of Ottawa invites artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install a permanent site-specific artwork for the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project. This two-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy.

Established in 1985, as one of the first in Canada, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Ottawa by collecting, commissioning and exhibiting works of art. A renewed Public Art Policy incorporates the strengths of past decades in Ottawa and reaffirms the objectives of commissioning professional artists to create original works of art for integration into public places. One percent of funds from municipal development are mandated for public art in order to enhance public spaces and make art accessible to everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF-119kb]

This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to local, national and international professional artists and artist teams with experience in creating permanent public art. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists and representatives of diverse origins including First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

Project Background
The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project is part of a long-standing vision for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. It will provide a new Ottawa Art Gallery and help raise the profile of Arts Court as the City of Ottawa's downtown arts centre, located on Daly Avenue in the heart of Downtown Rideau’s retail, arts and theatre district, surrounded by the University of Ottawa, the Rideau Centre, the Convention Centre, and steps away from the Rideau Canal, National Arts Centre, Byward Market and new LRT stations.

This unique city-building project will result in a new museum standard Ottawa Art Gallery utilizing City-owned land and integrating it with complementary private sector investment and development. We are also renovating spaces within Arts Court to provide improved and expanded facilities for local artist-run centres and the Arts Court Theatre as well as enhanced public access. 

The Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project combines both public and private development.

The public components of the project include:

  • Construction of a new Ottawa Art Gallery with environmentally-controlled exhibition and curatorial spaces, event and education facilities, a café and gift shop (5,860 square metres gross floor area)
  • A 120-seat Black Box Theatre for the University of Ottawa and four classrooms (1,481 square metres gross floor area)
  • A 250-seat multi-purpose screening room with retractable seating and projection booth for film and digital presentations, lectures and other functions
  • A rooftop terrace and three outdoor courtyards, including a street level Café at the Daly Street entrance
  • New barrier-free main entrance on Daly Avenue, new loading docks, and elevators that connect the OAG, the University of Ottawa Theatre Department and Arts Court on all four levels
  • Improved east-west pedestrian connectivity through Arts Court, linking it to the new OAG, the University of Ottawa, and to the future Light Rail Transit station at Rideau Centre
  • Renovation of existing Arts Court spaces will provide improved and enhanced facilities for creation, production, exhibition and performance for some of Ottawa’s leading artist-run centres currently programming at Arts Court, including Saw Gallery, Club Saw, Saw Video, Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative (IFCO) and Artengine (2,014 square metres gross floor area)
  • New galleries within Arts Court and a fully accessible renovated exterior courtyard to be used as a performance space
  • Enhancements to the look of the adjacent streets as envisioned by the City’s Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy (DOUDS)
  • Achievement of architectural design excellence and maintaining the intent of the exemplar design

Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. and KPMB Joint Venture Architects prepared the Exemplary Designs, which are also integrated with the development of a new private sector tower on the site. Construction Architects for both public and private components are Régis Côté et Associés.

The private sector components of the project include:

  • Condo development Arthaus by Dev McGill on the 15th to 23rd floors of the new tower
  • Groupe Germain Hôtels from the concourse to 14th floor of the new tower  

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is an independent non-profit municipal art gallery committed to the acquisition, presentation, interpretation and dissemination of contemporary art for the benefit of the local arts community. Its programs explore a variety of issues and include exhibitions, talks, lectures, tours and publications.

The Ottawa Art Gallery has a growing permanent collection of historical and contemporary works associated with the region. It also houses the City-owned Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, which consists of more than 1,600 works of art assembled by Ottawa collectors O.J. and Isobel Firestone, who acquired the works from the early 1950s to the 1970s.

Arts Court
Located in a designated heritage building the Arts Court facility is home to a group of 25 independent arts organizations including: Artengine, SAW Gallery, SAW Video, Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa, Ottawa Dance Directive, Arts Court Theatre, Ottawa Arts Council and many others. This historic landmark in downtown Ottawa continues to evolve as a vibrant hub for artists and audiences alike.

Artengine is an artist-run media arts production and presentation centre. A leader in Media Arts development in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Artengine shares expertise in a number of open-source programming languages of interest to artists, participates in international networks of artist programmers, and provides tools and instruction to interested artists of all disciplines to develop their own work independently.

SAW Gallery is an artist-run centre that supports politically and socially engaged art. In addition to its exhibitions program, SAW manages a multi-disciplinary space, Club SAW that hosts more than 150 events a year, bringing in 30,000 visitors for a broad range of events, concerts, performances, readings, screenings, panel discussions and receptions.

SAW Video Media Art Centre is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre that fosters the growth and development of artists through access to equipment, training, mentorship, and programming. With 275 members, SAW Video is the largest media art centre in Eastern Ontario.

Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) is a centre for artists who express their ideas, values and experiences using the medium of film. IFCO provides, on a co-operative basis, training, facilities (100 sq ft dark room), equipment, funding, information resources and means to exhibit work. 

Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) is a contemporary arts space for dance that houses Compagnie ODD and Series Dance 10.  ODD welcomes artists for creation, presentation, and residencies.  The 50 seat ODD BOX venue and rehearsal studio have sprung floors and programming includes local, national, and international dance and theatre artists. 

Arts Court Theatre, managed by the Ottawa Fringe Festival includes a 130 seat multi-purpose performance venue, a flexible “black box” studio, two rehearsal and informal performance spaces.  The spaces are programmed by Arts Court organizations and local festivals such as the Ottawa Fringe FestivalOttawa International Animation Festival, and others.

The Ottawa Arts Council is an arts umbrella organization dedicated to representing the interests of Ottawa artists and to strengthening membership and Ottawa’s arts and culture sector.

Arts Court is also home to many other vital arts and heritage organizations that support, promote and encourage artistic and cultural endeavors in Ottawa.

Public art vision
Public art for the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project must be an iconic and significant presence representing the highest standards of contemporaryartistic excellence. The artwork should attract people to the facilities and act as a dynamic beacon, reflecting OAG and Arts Court’s role as leading municipal arts facilities and hub for creativity, experimentation and collaboration in the arts. The artwork must be forward thinking and innovative and is encouraged to challenge our expectations of public art and architecture.  

Design requirements for public art
Completed works of art shall:

  • Represent highest standards of contemporary artistic excellence
  • Be conceptually and visually innovative
  • Have a significant presence that attract visitors to the site
  • Speaks to the creative endeavours located within OAG and Arts Court
  • Be made of materials that are suitable to the environment, durable and require minimal maintenance
  • Be safe for the public
  • Comply with all building and electrical codes and bylaws

The public art for OAG Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment is to be located on the exterior of the facility. Potential sites have been identified as ideal locations for the public art. Artists may consider other sites however will require review and approval by the Project Team. If any public art is to be attached to the Arts Court building (façade or roof), review and approval by the City of Ottawa is required as the building has heritage designation. Artists shortlisted to advance to the proposal stage of the competition will have an opportunity to meet with the project team to review the site details and ask specific questions related to their proposal.

1. Corner of Nicholas and Daly at Arts Court

  • This site is ideal as it visible from Ogilvy Square, the pedestrian mall north of Arts Court, as well as from the Mackenzie King Bridge to the South
  • The existing Arts Court sign is scheduled for demolition and relocation and public art may be located in its place

2. Daly Street Entrance of Arts Court   

  • An additional site for consideration is the Daly Street entrance of Arts Court. The staircase, plinths, walls and adjacent garden areas may be potential sites for public art.

3. SAW Gallery Courtyard

  • The landscaped courtyard on Nicholas Street may accommodate public art however the space is designated for programming and performance; as such potential art must be considerate of these functions

To receive additional supporting documents and plans contact

The budget for this commission is $385,000.00 in Canadian Dollars (plus HST) and must include all costs required to design, engineer, fabricate, store, transport and install the public art including foundations and or electrical.

Selection Procedure
This commission will be awarded following a two-stage arms length process as follows:

Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Stage I – Qualifications will be evaluated by a peer assessment committee consisting of artists with public art experience and representatives from the Project Team. This committee will shortlist a maximum of five artists to move forward to Stage II.

Request for Proposals (RFP): Stage II – Shortlisted artists (maximum five) will be given a detailed Terms of Reference and an honorarium of $3,000 in Canadian Dollars plus HST for preparing detailed public art proposals including, 3-D or digital models and a promotional presentation for stage two of the competition. A technical review of proposals will be requested prior to the final proposal submission date.

Shortlisted proposals will be posted on an online survey along with images and a promotional presentation for feedback and comments from the public.  All comments received from the public during this survey will be submitted to the Peer Assessment Committee for consideration.

At a date following the public consultation process, artists will meet individually with the peer assessment committee for a 30-minute interview to present their proposals and answer questions. Interview will be conducted in person or remotely via Skype.

Selection Criteria for Stage I

All submissions will be evaluated based on the artist’s experience and qualifications (resumé), samples of artwork (digital images) and ability to address the public art vision (expression of interest) in relation to this Call to Artists.

Please note: The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project. The decision of the peer assessment committee is final.

Submission requirements

  • A complete application must include the submission requirements listed below.
  • Support material may be written in English or French.
  • Word document files must be submitted as a PDF file format and image files must be submitted as a JPG file format
  • Participants must submit a complete application with all support material saved to a CD, DVD, USB flash drive or uploaded to utilizing email address.

Your submission must be delivered or uploaded to the City of Ottawa Public Art Program office by the deadline of Tuesday November 14, at 4:00 p.m. EST. The City of Ottawa will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any materials. Submissions will not be returned.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request.

1.   Expression of Interest
Submit a maximum of two pages explaining why you are interested in this opportunity. What aspect of this public art commission inspires you?  What connects you and/or your work to the public art vision for this project? Describe your art practice and how you would approach this opportunity. Tell us about any other public art projects you’ve completed and how you worked with the construction team, other artists and or the community. If you are applying as an artist team, tell us about your past collaborations and how you would work together on this project.

*Sketches or details of a proposed concept will not be accepted at this stage as this Call to Artists is a Request for Qualifications not a Request for Proposals.

2.  Synopsis
Provide a brief synopsis (80 words maximum) of your Expression of Interest in a short paragraph, referencing the key relevant details of your artistic approach to this opportunity. This synopsis will be used as a quick reference during the deliberation process by peer assessment committee members.

3.  Resumé
Submit a current resumé of your art training, public exhibitions and commissions of your artwork, and any other experience directly relevant to this opportunity on a maximum of four pages. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If you are applying as a team, submit a separate resumé for each team member and clearly identify the lead contact for this project.

4.  References
Contact information for two professional references who can speak to your experience on similar projects. Please ensure these references are aware that they may be contacted by the City of Ottawa as part of the evaluation process for this Request for Qualifications.

5.  Samples of Artwork
Submit a maximum of 10 digital image files showing samples of completed public art or artwork currently in process (design, fabrication or installation).  Artist teams are also to submit a maximum of 10 files. If you wish to submit a video or other time-based media, or you are unable to provide us with digital documentation of your work, please contact or 613-244-4261.

Digital images must be:

  • JPG format
  • Maximum of 1240 pixels (along the longest side)

Digital image files must be named with a number, followed by the title, date, medium, metric dimensions and cost, each separated by an underscore.
01_Title_date_medium_ height x width x depth cm_ $cost.jpg
02_Untitled_2014_LED and resin_1 x 4.5 x 7 m_$180,000.jpg

Materials that require specialized software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed, or materials that are embedded in any type of presentation, such as websites or Word or PowerPoint documents will not be accepted.

6.  Detail List of Artwork
Compile a list with detailed information on the submitted digital images of your artwork, using the name assigned to the file as per the examples above.

Include title, date, medium, dimensions, budget, location, fabrication and installation process and other pertinent information of submitted samples of previous artworks.  This list should not exceed 2 pages.

Deadline and notification 
Submissions must be received no later than Tuesday November 14, 2017, 4:00 p.m. EST. This is not a postmarked deadline. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. All participants will be notified of the results of the initial stage of the selection process by email. 

Upload your application online using Wetransfer – send to


Mail or deliver submissions to:

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project
c/o Public Art Program, City of Ottawa
172 Guigues Avenue, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5H9

Copyright and moral rights
Copyright, including any and all designs, drawings and final works of art, shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.
Confidentiality of information
City of Ottawa employees and peer assessment committee members are required to treat both the content of submissions and the deliberations of the committee as confidential. To protect confidentiality, committee members turn in their copies of proposal materials for shredding at the end of the assessment meeting.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. Personal Information in your submission is collected under the authority of the City Council approved Public Art Policy. Personal information will only be used for evaluating your submission and administering the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program.

Melissa Black, Public Art Officer

Artist talk with Stuart Kinmond – Main2

Published September 11, 2017

Stuart Kinmond, Main2, installed on Main Street | Stuart Kinmond, Main2, installé sur la rue Main

Discover the artwork Main2 up close and personal with artist Stuart Kinmond, Councillor David Chernushenko and Public Art Planner Melissa Black.

Join us!

Date:  Thursday September 14
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:  At the artwork, located at 223 Main Street, in front of St. Paul’s University.

Hear first-hand from the artist on the inspiration, process and meaning behind the artwork located on Main Street in Old Ottawa East. Learn more about how this artwork came to be, the public art process and its intentions as a public gathering space for Main Street. At dusk the artwork will be illuminated by LED lights, providing an excellent opportunity to view the coloured glass panels of the artwork.

Image: Stuart Kinmond, Main2, installed on Main Street

Ludic Fields connects transit stops across the city

Published August 18, 2017

Artengine and the Public Art Program are pleased to announce the completion of Ludic Fields, an interactive art installation that connects transit stops across the city. The sculptures invite commuters and pedestrians to take a moment during their day and night to immerse themselves in a field of colour and light.

Located in three separate sites across the city at Ogilvy Square (next to the Rideau Center), Baseline and Blair Transitway stations, a series of immersive sculptures communicate through a network. The sculptures react and respond to movement with undulating light displays that sweep over to neighbouring sculptures, cascading on the artworks’ reflective surfaces. Activity at any one of the three sites will influence the lights at the others, rippling out like waves in a pond. The sculptures communicate to each other over a cellular network, responding to movement created by the public as they physically move in and out of the sculptures.   

Supported by OC Transpo as an initiative to bring cutting edge public artwork to important spaces on the transit network, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is excited to present new interactive artworks produced by Ottawa’s own creative talent.

This project is a unique collaboration between Artengine, Lateral Office and Andrew O’Malley.

Artengine is a centre for art, design and research in Ottawa.
Lateral Office is a research-based architecture office based in Toronto.
Andrew O'Malley is a light and sound artist based in Ottawa.
Design collaboration and fabrication by Generique Design in Montreal.

The project is supported by OC Transpo and the City of Ottawa through its Public Art Program.

Stay tuned for information on an upcoming artist walking tour with Artengine in September.

Remco Volmer, Artengine

Check out #ludicfields on Twitter!

Public art by Amy Alice Thompson installed at François Dupuis Recreation Centre Addition

Published July 7, 2017

Almanac, Amy Alice Thompson, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

The City of Ottawa Public Art Program is pleased to introduce the public art commission Almanac by Amy Alice Thompson to the newly expanded François Dupuis Recreation Centre.

Almanac will be celebrated at the Opening Ceremony of the François Dupuis Recreation Centre Addition.

Date: Saturday, July 15
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Gymnasium hallway, François Dupuis Recreation Centre, 2263 Portobello Blvd.

Meet the artist at the Official Opening with Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Stephen Blais.

The two circular wall-mounted panels depict a silhouette of the moon in both waxing and waning forms. Within this shape, a dense field of stars makes up a series of constellations. These constellations are comprised of flowing and swirling lines representing wind and water patterns. These patterns could also be viewed as animal tracks marking the land, such as the first people who lived here might have found. 

Almanac invites viewers to contemplate our night sky, the history of this area and our place within it. 

Amy Alice Thompson studied Fine Arts at York University and at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her art and design projects reveal dreamlike realities strongly influenced by geometry, nature and memory.

Image:  Almanac, Amy Alice Thompson, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Opening celebration event for new artwork coming to Crestview Pool!

Published June 27, 2017

Ebb + Flow, Dave Kemp and Jonathon Anderson, installed at Crestview Pool. Courtesy of the artists.

The City of Ottawa invites residents and visitors to attend the official opening celebration of the reconstructed Crestview Pool and its public artwork Ebb + Flow, commissioned by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program.

Date: Saturday July 1, 2017 
Time: 11:30 am to 12:00 noon for the opening ceremonies
Location: Crestview Pool – grassy area near artwork

Join Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Kim Sczygiel, Director of Aquatics for Specialized and City Wide Programs for the City of Ottawa and artist Dave Kemp at the official opening celebration of Ebb + Flow, a permanent public artwork by Dave Kemp and Jonathan Anderson.

Ebb + Flow uses moiré interference patterns and motion parallax to produce the perception of movement when a viewer walks by. The sculpture is made of four steel sheets with patterns cut into them, backed on either side by a solid white sheet. The artists developed the pattern in part by isolating interesting features from designs submitted by four Merivale High School students, with the final pattern taking a bit from each. The artwork is also inspired by the motion of a flowing liquid and by visualization techniques used in fluid dynamics analysis. 

Dave Kemp is a visual artist whose practice looks at the intersections and interactions between art, science and technology.

Jonathon Anderson is a designer whose work explores how industrial manufacturing and robotic technologies influence the design and making

  • There is a link to a video showing the moiré pattern at:
  • Here’s a glimpse of Ebb + Flow by Dave Kemp and Jonathon Anderson, installed at Crestview Pool. Video credit: City of Ottawa 

Funds for public art have been allocated from the Crestview Change House and Pool project. The new change house will offer change rooms, outdoor showers, lockers, washrooms, a staff office, as well as house the tennis club. The pool has been replaced with a new pool basin, complete with updated accessibility features.

Image:  Ebb + Flow, Dave Kemp and Jonathon Anderson, installed at Crestview Pool.  Courtesy of the artists.

Opening celebration event for Winston Chandelier, Westboro

Published May 24, 2017

Images showing Winston Chandelier in daylight and at night

The City of Ottawa invites residents to attend the official opening celebration of Winston Chandelier, a recently-installed public art sculpture that was commissioned for the Winston Place Plaza development project on Richmond Road, Westboro.  

Date:  Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Time:  12.30pm to 1.30pm
Location:  Winston Square at the south end of Winston Avenue (between Westboro Legion and DQ along Richmond Road, Westboro).

Join Councillor Jeff Leiper and Westboro Village BIA at the official opening celebration of Winston Chandelier, a permanent public artwork by artists Joanna Swim and Adrian Göllner commissioned by the Public Art Program for the Winston Place Plaza development project. Stay for a reception following the opening celebration and to meet the artists.

Winston Chandelier was commissioned in May 2014 and shortlisted proposals were reviewed by the public. Taking into account more than 50 responses from the public, a selection committee of artists, community representatives and the project team responsible for the Winston Square development chose Winston Chandelier as the winning design.

Winston Chandelier is a large, bold and fanciful chandelier constructed from laser-cut stainless steel panels fitted into a hexagon, surrounding a light fixture in the centre. The bright red beacon illuminates Winston Square and features silhouettes of flora and fauna identified with the Westboro area, including the Spotted Turtle and Small Mouth Bass. The bracket supporting the chandelier represents the branch of a Mountain Ash tree, and suspends the artwork over the dining space created by the plaza development project.

The Winston Square public art installation was funded in part from the Kitchissippi Ward Cash-in-lieu of Parkland Fund with contributions from local Westboro-based business Domicile Developments.

The City of Ottawa commissions professional artists’ works for display in public spaces from a percentage of funds set aside for municipal development projects.

Image: Joanna Swim and Adrian Göllner, Winston Chandelier, installed at Winston Square.

New public art selected for Canterbury Community Outdoor Covered Rink

Published April 24, 2017

The new outdoor covered rink being constructed at the Canterbury Recreation Complex (2185 Arch Street) will be home to Sky Hockey, a set of sculptures based on drawings that artist Christopher Griffin made while watching shinny hockey games. The artist plans that “these simple line drawings, which capture the nuances and body positions unique to skating, will form the basis for sculptures that are literally ‘drawings in the sky’ of two teams playing a permanent game under the rafters on the perimeter of the rink.”

By working in ‘sculpting bees’ with volunteers from the neighbourhood to mix the concrete and apply it by hand, Griffin hopes to instill a sense of community ownership and pride in the artwork.

Christopher Griffin is an Ottawa-based visual artist who works extensively with hand-formed and hand-carved concrete. Over the past fifteen years, Griffin has created and installed numerous public art installations in Ottawa neighbourhoods. He is the winner of the 2015 Award of Excellence, Ottawa Urban Design Awards, for his public artwork Blanding’s Turtles of the South March Highlands at the Beaverbrook Library in Kanata.

Funds for public art were allocated from the Canterbury Community Outdoor Covered Rink facility project. The City of Ottawa initiated a competition for public art in December 2016 and a peer assessment committee selected Sky Hockey based on criteria that included the strength of the proposed concept and engagement with the Canterbury community. The artwork will be installed when rink construction is completed in fall 2017. 

New public art selected for Barrhaven

Published February 07, 2017

Brandon Vickerd’s proposal has been selected for a public art project in the Greenbank Road area of Barrhaven. The working title for the project is Imagined Monuments. The project begins with an artist-in-residence component in early 2017. Vickerd intends to use the language and materials of traditional public sculpture to capture everyday stories from the neighbourhood and is planning story-telling events and neighbourhood tours as a way to research the final artwork. Vickerd wants the project to show that all stories and shared experiences are worthy of monuments. Find out more at

The residency will be followed by the fabrication and installation of a permanent artwork along Greenbank Road.The members of the peer assessment committee who chose Vickerd for the project commented on “the refreshing way he defines public art, not falling back on history or artifacts, but validating the experience of the community in a contemporary context.”

Brandon Vickerd has an extensive background in the field of public art. He has received numerous grants and awards for his sculptures and has completed artist residencies in Iceland and in Yukon. He is recognized for his innovative art projects with non-artists, such as auto body workers and crane operators. An educator and artist, Brandon Vickerd received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Past projects include kinetic sculpture, land art and public performances.

The City of Ottawa initiated a competition for public art along Greenbank Road in July 2016. Funds for public art have been allocated from the Greenbank Road Widening project. This construction project includes widening of Greenbank Road from two lanes of undivided traffic to four lanes divided by a central median.

New public art selected for Innovation Park and Ride

Posted July 4, 2016

Lynda Cronin, Tempus. Proposal for Innovation Park and Ride. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph.

Lynda Cronin's public art proposal Tempus has been selected for the new Innovation Park and Ride on Innovation Drive, Kanata. Tempus will be made up of several undulating petals of different shapes gradually decreasing in size , organized around an aluminum column. Each petal will be painted a different colour to represent the movement of light from sunrise to sunset. Cronin's artwork is inspired by time, movement and sustainability, and the essential role that sunrise and sunset has in determining nature's daily rhythms. The daily commute rhythms of transit users aligns with nature, and directional arrows within the petals mirror the navigational system of transit and pick-up and drop-off points. Tempus will be installed in a central location beside one of the platforms within the Park and Ride facility.

Describing her proposal, Cronin writes that "there is an abstract organic feel to the work reflecting the sustainability of intelligent transit systems as they relieve pressure on the natural ecosystem, carrying many passengers on a collective journey."

Lynda Cronin was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied at the National College of Art and the University of Ottawa. As multi-disciplinary artist, she uses a wide variety of media and art-making strategies in order to communicate meaning drawing references to geography, social migration and history within her work. Cronin is an active member of the arts community, and has received many awards from Canada Council, Trillium, Ontario Arts Council and others.

The City of Ottawa initiated a two-stage public art competition for Innovation Park and Ride in February 2016. After reviewing comments from the public, a peer assessment committee selected Tempus based on criteria that included artistic excellence, strength of proposed concept as well as how the proposal integrates with the style and function of the building.

Tempus is scheduled to be installed in 2017 when construction of the park and ride facility is complete.

Image: Lynda Cronin, Tempus, proposal for Innovation Park and Ride.