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Waterfront Balloon Animals Migrating to a New Home


November 20, 2012 –  The Baggage Building Arts Centre will be a stop on the migration route for the Waterfront’s beloved balloon animal sculptures this weekend. Several of the sculptures, installed in fall 2011 at Prince Arthur’s Landing, were damaged on more than one occasion over the spring and summer. Their new home, located near Pier 1, has better visibility, lighting and security while maintaining easy access for the children and families who love to interact with them.

Artists Paul Slipper and Nadine Stefan will welcome the animals to the Arts Centre for a short stay where they will be repaired before shepherding them to their new home. “The Baggage Building will become an animal hospital, essentially,” said Slipper. “We are very dissapointed that they have been vandalized, but we think they will like their new home.”

“There has been a lot of sympathy and support from community members who really love these sculptures,” said Leah Bayly, Supervisor of Cultural Services & Events. “The City would especially like to thank the Giggle of Clownz for raising over $500 towards the repair of the ballon animals by accepting donations towards real balloon animals they created at events all summer. We are very touched by their gesture and appreciate the awareness they’ve generated.”

Members of the public are invited to check in on the animal hospital on Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Baggage Building Arts Centre located at 2200 Sleeping Giant Parkway in Prince Arthur’s Landing. The artists will be there from 11 am to 5 pm both days, and expect to have the animals safely settled in to their new home the week of Nov. 26.

For more information about the City’s public art program, visit www.thunderbay.ca/publicart.

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Contact: Leah Bayly, Supervisor – Cultural Services & Events, 625-2416 or lbayly@thunderbay.ca