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New Public Art Unveiled at May Street Bridge


November 2, 2011 - A vibrant new sculpture composed of two parts, has been installed on either side of the May Street Bridge. Entitled The Angler & The Fish, the work was produced by the Toronto-based artist Krzysztof (Kristof) Zukowski. The artwork was selected through a juried process and the competition was open to local and national artists, administered as part of the City’s Public Art Program. 

Fabricated in steel and painted a lively red, the stylized angler and leaping fish are connected conceptually by a part of a fishing line.

“One of the goals of the City’s Public Art Committee is to ensure public art is integrated into our daily lives, and this project clearly fulfills that role,” said Reana Mussato, Public Art Coordinator. “I’m sure these new works of art will become the highlight of May Street.”

Located along one of the City’s main thoroughfares, it’s a reminder to bridge users that they are passing over a body of water which ultimately connects to Lake Superior. In an urban environment where travellers may be focused on getting from point A to point B, the artwork provides an opportunity to change perspective and reflect on the City’s relationship with the natural environment.
 
In his proposal, Zukoswki stated he was inspired by the river and the unique character of the City. Although the works will be seen by commuters travelling past, they have been designed to leave a lasting impression.

Under the City’s Clean, Green and Beautiful policy, public art can be incorporated into infrastructure as a small percentage of the overall project cost. The City’s Engineering Division provided funds for this project as part of the bridge resurfacing work. The new art installation is part of the ongoing development of the City’s public art program.

For more information visit: www.thunderbay.ca/publicart

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