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Waterfront Public Art Projects Unveiled

Event date: Monday, June 29, 2009, at 9:05 AM

June 27, 2009 – Three public art projects were unveiled Saturday during the grand opening of the Skate/BMX Plaza at Prince Arthur’s Landing.  Two new sculpture commissions have been installed at the plaza and a series of banners now hang along Water Street and in the festival area of the park.

“It’s very rewarding to see people experiencing the art and wanting to know more,” said Leah Bayly, Supervisor of Cultural Services who added that almost a year after initial ideas were submitted, the finished artworks now provide a striking focal point and compliment to the skate plaza.

“These artists have worked extremely hard over many months to give Thunder Bay two unique and spectacular works of art that we can all enjoy and be proud of.”

Through Ingrid Koivukangas’ work, “Diatom Whisper: Alchemy”, the viewer can appreciate the beauty of microscopic algae, called diatoms, that are found in Lake Superior and other large bodies of water. 

In “Vessel”, artists Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew have provided a sanctuary just outside the plaza where visitors can relax and appreciate the view of the lake, be spectators to the activity in the plaza, or simply appreciate the art itself while they reflect on Thunder Bay’s nautical heritage.  

The third installation is a series of 41 banners designed by nine local youth, from high schools throughout the city. They worked with the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s Arts Access staff to create 14 unique designs based on a portion of the Waterfront development vision “Ours to Celebrate”, using images representing their visions of what makes Thunder Bay unique.

The City of Thunder Bay Cultural Services Section and Public Art Committee encourage everyone to come down and view these exceptional new works of art.

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Contact: Leah Bayly, Supervisor, Cultural Services, 625-2416