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Algoma Bumpouts - Planters and Bollards

A collaboration between Die Active Art Collective and Neechee Studio

Sarah Mason, Lora Northway, Jean Marshall, boyRoland, Lucille Atlookan, Matilda Suganaqueb, Cynthia Edwards, Eli Castellan, Julia Di Paolo, Rill Rill

Spray paint on plastic


Algoma Street South, flower planters and bollards on curb extensions

In Progress 

In June 2016, the Recreation and Culture Division partnered with Die Active Art Collective and Neechee Studio to beautify curb extensions ("bumpouts") on Algoma Street South. Flower planters and bollards have been enhanced through street art painted by Definitely Superior's youth art collectives. Transformation of the street furnishings is part of efforts to increase visibility of the bumpouts to motorists, while infusing the neighbourhood with public art.

Die Active Art Collective collaborated with Neechee Studio to create paintings that reference the area's Finnish and Oji-Cree heritage. The two cultures are represented through a fusion of beadwork motifs and traditional Finnish textile patterning. Artwork on two planters depict a water theme, while the other two represent a land theme, all incorporating representations of animals common to Finland and Canada.

This project was administered by the Recreation and Culture Division with funding from the City's Clean, Green and Beautiful Committee. Beautification of Algoma Street South aligns with goals of the City's May/Memorial/Algoma Image Route, part of the Urban Design Guidelines. The addition of artwork to the otherwise standard curb extensions fulfills one the goals of the Public Art Committee, which is to integrate art into daily life. 

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