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Art in the street

Bicycle racks

Artwork by Lisa Thomas. More information is included in the following paragraph.

Title: Bicycle racks
Artists: Becky Armstrong, Sylvie Bordeleau, Gail Bourgeois, Jennifer Daigle, Dawn Dale, Kathryn Drysdale, Lesya Granger, Christopher Griffin, Marion Jean Hall, Deidre Hierlihy, Sean Hyatt, Marie Lugli, Roy Lumagbas, José Mansilla-Miranda, Don McVeigh, Christopher Racette, Bozica Radjenovic, Michael Reynolds and Chandler Swain, Mana Rouholamini, Karen Russell, John Sekerka, Zeena Sileem, Joanna Swim, Lisa Thomas, Amy Thompson, Eric Walker
Year: 2009
Materials: stainless steel
Location: Bank Street
Address: between Laurier Avenue and Catherine Street
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2009-0023 to 2009-0052

In 2008, the City of Ottawa called on local artists to submit line drawings. Thirty designs were selected out 164 submissions. These designs were cut out of stainless steel panels on bicycle racks. Each design was produced three times, creating 90 bicycle racks along Bank Street between Laurier Avenue and Catherine Street.

Celebration of Growth

Celebration of Growth by Karl Ciesluk. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph

Title: Celebration of Growth
Artist: Karl Ciesluk
Year: 2011
Materials: aluminum, stainless steel and stone
Location: King Edward Avenue (various locations)
Address: 19 sculptures installed from Rideau Street to Murray Street
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2011-0003

The sculptural series Celebration of Growth by local artist Karl Ciesluk was commissioned for King Edward Avenue as part of a street renewal project. 19 sculptures of seed pods and plant growth are installed at intervals along King Edward Avenue. The sculptures, made of aluminum, stainless steel and stone, are inspired by themes of nature and renewal.

Elegant lilies and fiddleheads sprout from metal stems as if growing from the concrete below. Giant seed pods sculpted from local stone boulders are clustered strategically along the boulevard. As symbols for the natural cycles of dormancy and regeneration, Ciesluk envisions his sculptures "as capsules awaiting the right condition to grow and flourish into their glory."

Karl Ciesluk has completed numerous public art commissions nationally and internationally and is recognized for his site-specific work dealing with natural themes and the environment. In addition, Ciesluk has received several Canadian and international merit awards and has participated in many international sculpture symposiums.

Cube, Lattice, Sphere, Wave

Cube, Lattice, Sphere, Wave

Title: Cube, Lattice, Sphere, Wave
Artist: Mark Thompson
Year: 2015
Materials: LED, glass, steel
Location: Rideau Street
Address: Waller Street to Wurtemburg Street
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2015-0185

Glass artist Mark Thompson has created four sculptures along Rideau Street that explore how we perceive colour, light and motion. This art installation conveys a range of symbols and associations: At Waller Street, the energy of downtown glows red in Cube; Further east, in front of the Rideau branch of the Ottawa Public Library, many colours of Lattice represent interconnected knowledge; The values of community, integrity and health radiate from the green Sphere near Cobourg Street; A blue Wave announces the Rideau River and the natural world just beyond Wurtemburg Street.

Strips of glass housed inside each artwork are lit by pre-programmed lights. The lights slowly change colour and intensity causing shifts in perception as we travel around the object. At night, the sculptures transform the streetscape and expand our sensory experience.

Light is paramount to the work of Mark Thompson. He is interested in the way glass refracts light and how the eye perceives it. Mark Thompson has worked with light using contemporary and traditional studio glass-working techniques for over 30 years.

Erratic Field

Erratic Field in autumn. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph.

Title: Erratic Field
Artist: Shayne Dark
Year: 2015
Materials: COR-TEN steel
Location: Trim Road
Address: Old Montreal Road to Antigonish Avenue
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2015-0003

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 urban environment with carefully executed minimal sculptures.

Constructed from COR-TEN steel, the surface weathers over time to an orange-brown patina and granular texture, bringing the sculptures closer to nature. 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.

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Shayne Dark is known for his sculptural works and large public art installations. Dark's work can be found in national and international collections including the Canada Council Art Bank and the Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana.

Morphology and Silk Road Flower Rain

Organic sculptural forms add to street lights in the Hintonburg community

Title: Morphology
Artist: Charlynne Lafontaine and Ryan Lotecki
Year: 2012
Materials: aluminum and glass
Location: Somerset Street West
Address: Eight sculptures toward Hintonburg
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2012-0200

Local artists Charlynne Lafontaine and Ryan Lotecki created 16 aluminium and glass sculptures for the Chinatown and Hintonburg communities as subtle gateways into these unique and special places. The flame-worked glass elements playfully reflect light and colour, encouraging travellers to look skyward and discover the organic sculptural forms enhancing the street lights.  

On Somerset Street West towards Hintonburg, the series of sculptures entitled Morphology are formed as if windblown, with the glass elements evolving from a decorative seed pod to an open flower, signifying growth and revitalization. For this series the artists were inspired by the concept of morphology; the study of form and shape. 

Organic sculptural forms enhance street lights in the Chinatown community.

Title: Silk Road Flower Rain
Artist: Charlynne Lafontaine and Ryan Lotecki
Year: 2012
Materials: aluminum and glass
Location: Somerset Street West
Address: Eight sculptures in Chinatown
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2012-0199

The series Silk Road Flower Rain, commissioned for the Chinatown district, exhibits colourful glass forms representing abstracted flowers and raindrops; bamboo for longevity, chrysanthemum for good health, and pomegranate to ward off evil spirits. The deliberate choice of eight sculptures per series is auspicious as it represents luck and fortune in Chinese numerology.

Postcards from the Piazzas

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Title: Postcards from the Piazzas
Artist: c j fleury
Year: 2010
Materials: bronze, stainless steel and granite
Location: Preston Street
Address: Albert Street to Carling Avenue
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2010-0010                              

After two years of collecting source material from community members, the artist created this sculptural series. It brings together fragments of the communities’ heritage and culture. Each element forges links and creates nostalgia between the viewer and notions of the Italian piazza, a market square. The eclecticism of today’s community is reflected by the breadth of genres, periods and styles portrayed in the sculptures.

cj fleury is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in public art and has completed a number of permanent commissions in Ontario and Québec. In addition to large-scale sculpture, fleury’s artistic practice includes drawing, shield-making, performance, writing, and video. cj fleury is recognized for her collaborative involvement with community in the creation of her art. Her work can be found in the collections of the City of Ottawa, Canada Council Art Bank, University of Ottawa, Trent University, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.

Short Story

Short Story, view from Byron Avenue. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph.

Title: Short Story
Artist: Jennifer Stead
Year: 2015
Materials: steel
Location: Churchill Avenue
Address: At Byron Avenue
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2015-0183

Artist Jennifer Stead tells stories by drawing the world around her. She began this project with her thoughts and experiences of the neighbourhood. Combining these with local history, she created a drawing using pencil and charcoal that was transformed into an 18-foot tall steel sculpture. Short Story takes on the form of a tree, a landscape and a vase of flowers.

Hidden within the stems and branches are images that pay tribute to community history and the natural environment: a horse pulling logs out of the forest ripples of river waves and local wildflowers. The past, present and future of the Ottawa Valley emerges from the myriad of images.

Jennifer Stead has been telling stories through landscape for over twenty years. Stead earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary.

Terry Fox Memorial Statue

John Hooper, Terry Fox Memorial Statue, 1983

Title: Terry Fox Memorial Statue
Artist: John Hooper
Year: 1983
Materials: bronze
Location: Capital Information Kiosk
Address: 90 Wellington Street (across from Parliament Hill)
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2001-0318

At age 21, Terry Fox set out on his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. He ran for 143 days, through the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario, before the bone cancer that had taken part of his right leg returned and forced him to stop near Thunder Bay. He died on June 28, 1981, a month before his 23rd birthday. His legacy continues to motivate people here in Canada and around the world. To date, over $650 million has been raised in support of Terry Fox's cause. 


The artwork TRANSPOtting at night.

Title: TRANSPOtting
Artist: Eos Lightmedia  
Year: 2012
Materials: LED panels and software
Location: OC Transpo Garage
Address: 735-755 Industrial Avenue
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2012-0201          

TRANSPOtting is comprised of 80 LED panels which are embedded in a sound wall. The visual experience of lights cycling different colours, intensities, and patterns through LED panels is cued from input from the OC Transpo bus schedule. As the first bus driver of the day leaves the terminal, the wall begins to pulse with a different colour for each bus route. As the number of buses at a given distance increases, the wall becomes brighter, an ever-flowing river of multicoloured lights. The activity continues to build and decline throughout the rush hours and lulls in the day. As the day winds down the intensity and light along the wall recedes until the final bus returns. The wall acts as a heat map of the bustling movement of buses throughout the city, captivating the public as they wait for their own bus to arrive and join the light network. Eos Lightmedia is a Vancouver based design company which creates immersive environments. They draw on over 25 years of national and international experience in architecture, themed attractions, exhibits, museums, presentation centers, and public art installations.      

The artwork TRANSPOtting in the daytime.

A View from Two Sides

Kenneth Emig, A View from Two Sides. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph. 

Title: A View from Two Sides
Artist: Kenneth Emig
Materials: stainless steel
 Adàwe crossing
Address: At Donald Street and Somerset Street East
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2016-0003

These two reflecting spheres transform the bridge into an observation deck that mirrors the environment in unexpected ways. Each sphere presents the observer with a panoramic view that includes the sky, river, shores, bridge, pedestrians and cyclists. By looking into these spheres, we see ourselves immersed in the world around us.

Kenneth Emig’s art practice intersects form, light, sound, movement and technology. He aims to elicit awareness of our own perceptions and understandings of our world.

Watch a video of the artist and his crew installing the artwork on one of the coldest days of 2016! 

The Wellington Marbles

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Title: The Wellington Marbles
Artist: Marcus Kucey Jones and Ryan Lotecki
Year: 2010
Materials: marble and limestone       
Location: Wellington Street West
Address: 18 sculptures (Hampton Avenue to Spadina Avenue)
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2010-0011   

Eighteen hand-carved marble sculptures are installed at intervals along Wellington Street West. Each sculpture playfully captures the form of a fire hydrant fused with everyday objects such as local foods, artistic tools and musical instruments. By sculpting forms and objects connected to the surrounding neighbourhood, The Wellington Marbles pay tribute to the local history and modern renewal of the community. Kucey-Jones and Lotecki chose the fire hydrant because it is an object found in many communities that connects people in an uncelebrated yet vital manner. The hydrants and their coupled forms present the viewer with a sense of humour, playfulness, and culturally reference the area.

Quarried in Carrara, Italy, the marble used for this installation was selected for its fine quality and for its association with classical art. In the same vein, the artists offer a series of sculptures representing contemporary imagery as a monument to the urban streetscape. The artistic practices of Kucey-Jones and Lotecki span many media and have brought innovative and imaginative artwork to communities across Canada and around the globe. The Wellington Marbles were commissioned by the City of Ottawa as part of the Wellington Street West reconstruction project.

Image courtesy Eric Darwin.