1 p.m., June 12)
City quitely installs $150K public art project at Trim and
By Fred Sherwin
commuters on Trim Road may have noticed a slight change
in the landscape on the righthand side of the street as
they approach the intersection at Trim and Watters.
rust coloured geometric shapes are, in fact, a sculpture
commissioned by the City of Ottawa as part of the Trim
Road widening and realignment.
name of the sculpture is "Erractic Field" and
it's supposed to represent boulders left behind by the
receding glaciers following the last ice age.
the exact cost of the sculpture has not been made public,
the city set aside $150,000 in the budget for the selection
process, the sculpture itself and the instalation.
artist who designed the sculpture is Shayne Dark from
Harrington, Ontario which is located halfway between Kitchener
and London. Dark beat out four other artists who made
the juried shortlist.
to the City's website, the sculpture will transform the
space with a group of erratic-like sculptures, each varying
in size and design and spread in an apparently random
from Cor-ten steel, the weather will cover the surface
with a rich purple brown patina over time, bringing the
sculptures closer to nature, beautifully complementing
the surrounding urban green-space."
design was first unveiled at a public meeting in November,
2013 along with the other four other candidates whose
work was up for consideration. Dark's work was announced
as the winning submission last June.
to the competition guidelines the sculpture had to demonstrate
contemporary artistic excellence; ispire, intrigue and
engage; be safe for the public; be made of highly permanent
materials suitable for an outdoor environment, and requiring
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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