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More Public Art Awarded for Prince Arthur’s Landing

October 4, 2011 - Three new public art commissions have been awarded for Prince Arthur’s Landing with local winners featured prominently.

The competition winners include Celebration Circle Panels – Randy Thomas of Thunder Bay; Stories & Writings – Jane Crossman, Donna Faye, Jim Foulds,  Rick Garrick & Bob McKay, Marianne Jones, all of Thunder Bay; Children’s Garden - Paul Slipper and Nadine Stefan of Vancouver.

Randy Thomas’ Woodland style artwork will be transferred onto 10 Corten steel panels affixed to the face of the Celebration Circle at the new Spirit Garden. The art depicts sharing, water images, power images, life spirits, Turtle Island, life on Turtle Island, gathering and protection. To honour his late father and mentor, Randy chose to include Roy Thomas’s work Lifegivers as part of the panel imagery.

The children’s garden artwork is a playful, inviting series of balloon animals, sculpted from various types of granite (including Vermillion Bay), each polished to a jewel-like surface. The colourful, smooth sculptures will invite touch and an appreciation of the way the materials, traditionally associated with heaviness and solidity, can be made to appear light and airy. Local children from the City’s summer park programs provided input to the jury for this competition. 

The written works by six local authors will be sandblasted onto granite blocks and installed throughout the park, creating opportunities for moments of reflection along the shoreline. An additional set of written works were selected by the waterfront design team. The authors are Sarain Stump, Emily Pauline Johnson, Catherine Moodie Vickers (1873), Jean E. Pendziwol, and Marilyn Dumont. 

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Contact: Reana Mussato, Public Art Coordinator, 625-2365