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Art at parks

A celebration of community

Two sculptures by Tim desClouds. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph.

Artist: Tim desClouds
Year: 2016
Material: steel
Location: Greely Village Park
Address: 7292 Parkway Road (east of Bank Street at Water's Edge Way) in the Village of Greely
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2016-0034

Using images of objects and people, artist Tim desClouds has created two sculptures that interpret life in Greely. Each sculpture spins like a whirligig and marks wind direction like a weathervane.

For Tim desClouds, a vibrant community comes from diverse voices speaking out in support of one another. Chairs are a symbol of this support. Other images in the artwork spark conversations and tell stories about the Greely community.

Tim desClouds shares his love of life through art. His process includes research into local culture and community history. He developed this public art project for Greely Village Park alongside a skilled and creative team of engineers, iron workers and welders.

Completed in partnership with Milligan Iron Works.

Falling Star

Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard.

Title: Falling Star          
Artist: Don Maynard
Year: 2013       
Materials: aluminum, acrylic, LED
Location: Half Moon Bay Park  
Address: 3525 Cambrian Road  
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2013-0066

The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads, balanced on one of its five points. As if fallen from the sky, the artwork creates a bridge between the immensity of the celestial universe and our place on earth. Falling Star will shimmer during the night from the hundreds of holes emanating light- making reference to the celestial bodies and constellations above.

Watch the Falling Star Installation on YouTube. Image courtesy Dugan Maynard.

The Listening Tree

Mixed Metaphors, The Listening Tree. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph.

Title: The Listening Tree
Artist: Mixed Metaphors
Year: 2016
Materials: stainless steel
Location: St. Luke’s Park
Address: 166 Frank Street
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2016-0033

The Listening Tree welcomes visitors to St. Luke's park with outstretched branches that complement the arched tree canopy framing the entrance pathway. Referencing both the natural and cultural worlds, the piece establishes a visual and sonic link between the park and the surrounding urban environment. The Listening Tree is a musical instrument that is played by the wind: At certain times, slotted pipes channel the wind, creating a series of shifting tones. 

The local artists behind Mixed Metaphors, Jesse Stewart and Matt Edwards, come from interdisciplinary backgrounds in music, art, and architecture. They share a common interest in sound and sound art. 

Photo by Matt Edwards.

Our Fence

Cairn Cunnane, Our Fence. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph

Title: Our Fence
Artist: Cairn Cunnane
Material: stainless steel
 Bingham Park
Address: 145 Cathcart Street
City of Ottawa Art Collection:  2016-0004                       

Inspired by the history of the area and its natural surroundings, artist Cairn Cunnane created Our Fence to welcome visitors entering the park. Ripples of water flow along the fence, referencing nearby rivers. Majestic trees at the gate pay homage to Samuel Bingham, lumber baron and former Mayor of Ottawa, who donated the park in 1897. Playful figures in stainless steel overlap one another, creating patterns and layers that connect the many generations who have come and gone from this park. 

Play Pals

Bruce Garner, Play Pals, 2008

Title: Play Pals
Artist: Bruce Garner (1934 - 2012)
Materials: bronze
 Rotary Centennial Playground, Brewer Park
Address: 100 Brewer Way
City of Ottawa Art Collection:  2009-0017                             

In keeping with the playground’s theme of inclusion and barrier-free access, Bruce Garner chose to sculpt children climbing as a way to demonstrate cooperation and teamwork. A figure carefully balances high atop a column, her arms outstretched toward a smaller figure. She holds a branch that the smaller figure uses to pull himself upward. Play Pals is a visual symbol of mutual support.

Bruce Garner, a professional sculptor for over 40 years, worked with the Rotary Club of Ottawa to create this artwork for the play area. The artwork was donated to the City of Ottawa in 2009.

Gift of the Rotary Club of Ottawa.

Sit for a While, In the Garden, and Watch the Parade

 Sit for a While, In the Garden, and Watch the Parade

Title: Sit for a While, In the Garden, and Watch the Parade
Artist: Tim desClouds
Year: 2014
Materials: powder-coated steel
Location: McNabb Park
Address: 435 Bronson Avenue
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2014-0122

Tim desClouds has created a dynamic and monumental artwork along Bronson at Gladstone Avenue. Sit for a While, In the Garden, and Watch the Parade features a large three dimensional silhouette of a stylized maple tree as a central image whose branches form archways over McNabb Park. Additional panels include plasma cut images of parading figures. Sections of the fence structure have been bent into public seating. The artwork, with its positive and universal statement, is a focal point for Bronson Avenue and a beacon for the community.

Strathcona's Folly

Stephen Brathwaite, Strathcona's Folly, 1995

Title: Strathcona's Folly
Artist: Stephen Brathwaite
Materials: concrete, stone, bronze and wood
 Strathcona Park
Address: 25 Range Road
City of Ottawa Art Collection:  1992-0012                                                       

Strathcona’s Folly is intended to encourage us to consider the cycle of life. It is constructed using real pieces of local architectural history. There are pieces of the Institut Jeanne-d’Arc, a convent on Sussex Drive, stone faces from a branch of the Bank of Montreal, balustrades from the Chateau Laurier Hotel, bits of the Royal Canadian Mint, the Capitol Theatre, the Windsor-Duvernay Hotel, the Parliament Buildings, bronze rosettes from the Daly Building, and even one of the old swing seats from the park.

Original design of bronze animals by Schleich Productions.

Switch Hitter

Russell Yuristy, Switch Hitter, 1994

Title: Switch Hitter
Artist: Russell Yuristy
Materials: aluminum, concrete, acrylic paint
 Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park
Address: 300 Coventry Road
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 1994-0008 

Fans going to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (Ottawa Stadium) are greeted by this gigantic baseball player! Sculptor Russell Yuristy created the 22 foot (six metre) tall aluminum batter to remind everyone that it’s a hitter’s park. The vertical bat, torso and legs astride echo the three-part tower structure of the stadium. Curved lines give the figure a poised, alert energy that creates a sense of intensity that will soon explode into a powerful swing. Viewed from both sides, the batter is a switch-hitter, a batter who can hit from either side of home plate. The mammoth structure is so visible from Highway 417 that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation had to review and approve plans before the artist ordered materials. The final design took over three months to build and opened to the public in 1994. The artist, Russell Yuristy, considers the artwork to be a large scale expression of both drawing and sculpture.