The City of Thunder Bay's public art collection currently numbers over 400 individual pieces. The scope of the collection ranges from large-scale outdoor sculptures to single paintings and prints. It contains items such as portraits of Mayors and officials, pictorial histories of the city and region, local landscapes, outdoor monuments and items of historical significance (e.g., The 1893 Fort William Fire and Town Bell).
The majority of the collection is on display in City-owned public spaces such as parks, facilities, office lobbies, hallways and meeting rooms. Works in storage are housed at the City Archives and Records Centre.
Items for the collection are acquired through:
More recently, the collection has broadened to include contemporary works by Canadian artists that reflect the growth, change and sense of renewal in our city. The City is proud to support these projects and to offer such opportunities to the local art community.