Public Art in the Works
Sometimes a construction site is just a construction site, but sometimes it could be the foundation for an exciting new artwork coming your way. The Public Art Program is busy commissioning artists and fabricating works for neighbourhoods across the city! Keep your ear to the ground for these exciting new projects in development:
Indigenous Artists’ Project at Air Canada Park
This major public art project builds on efforts to create awareness of the rich Indigenous cultures, peoples and heritage that are at the roots of our territory, city and province. A gathering of Indigenous artists, Elders, knowledge keepers, curators, and scholars held in 2016 informed the intent and shape of the project. Artists were asked to consider the critical importance of the context of this place on Treaty 1 Territory, being the birthplace of the Métis nation and the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples, as central to the formulation of the project.
New works by local artists Kenneth Lavallee and Julie Nagam, as well as by Rolande Souliere and the team of Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero are currently in fabrication and will be installed in Air Canada Park in the summer of 2018.
Kenneth Lavallee's The Square Dancers proudly recognizes and celebrates the culture, spirit and endurance of the Metis people and is inspired by the artist’s childhood attending the annual “Metis Days” celebrations in his hometown of St. Laurent, Manitoba.
Julie Nagam's Electrical Currents focuses on Manitoba’s relationship to hydro electricity, the land that is developed, and the communities affected by the damming.
Mediating the Treaties by Rolande Souliere draws upon the anatomy of the coin for its design and to reveal information about the signing of Treaty One. Using the two-headed coin as a metaphor for conflict resolution, the artwork address the controversial agreement of Treaty One.
Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero's Enahjemoowinbun (translated to “what was told”) considers shared memories, material structures, and community practices, affirming the infrastructure of indigenous gathering for the friends and families who gather here.
This project is supported in part by the Government of Canada.
Kildonan Park Pond Lighting
As part of the Park Masterplan, a complete redesign and reconstruction of the pond and adjacent plaza has been undertaken and is mostly complete. Responding to the playful and whimsical nature of this regional park, local artist Takashi Iwasaki is working with Nadi Design to create lighting along the pond that will illuminate the skating area in winter.
The Taché Promenade project being undertaken by the City of Winnipeg will improve public spaces and the riverfront area along Taché Avenue between Provencher Boulevard and Despins Street. The project will feature a widened promenade-style walkway and pedestrian belvedere, commonly known as a lookout, elevated above the riverbank. Where the lookout is closest to the river, there is a widening with seating that will feature a new public artwork called Guiding Light by Winnipeg artist Marcel Gosselin.
This project is scheduled to be completed in October 2018.
Homage to the Winnipeg General Strike in Pantages Plaza
Bernie Miller and Noam Gonick conceived of Bloody Saturday before beloved Winnipeg artist Bernie Miller passed away suddenly in the fall of 2017. Noam Gonick continues to work to realize their shared vision for the artwork, which will be installed in the summer of 2019 for the 100th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike.
This project is supported in part by the Government of Canada, the Winnipeg Foundation, Centre Venture and Manitoba’s unions.
Renewal of the Cornish Library, led by Public City Architecture, is being undertaken with great care to preserve the character of the building within its established historic neighbourhood, while addressing the community’s expressed desire for improved access and more usable spaces. A new glass reading room will overlook the river and feature a whimsical kinetic artwork by local artist Michael Dumontier.
Southwest Rapid Transit
Seven artists/teams are creating artworks for the new Transitway currently in development for southwest Winnipeg.
WITH ART & Youth WITH ART community public art program
Each year WAC matches professional artists with community groups to work on community identity, issues, and shared goals through the development of a public art project. The projects unfold in two phases as the artists consult with community members to determine the goals of the project. In the second phase, the artwork is created in collaboration with the community. Applications from community groups and artists are sought in January each year.
Projects in production:
- Filmmaker Randy Guest is exploring the breadth of palliative experiences through film with Palliative Manitoba
- Young adults with social and intellectual disabilities at G.R.O.W. are creating music about friendship, new experiences and change with musician Lindsey White
- Filmmaker Jim Agapito is mentoring youth in the creation of a series of short films about their experiences with Ndinawe
- Visual artist Becky-Lynne Thiessen and youth who attend Knowles Centre programs are creating a series of trail signs for Bunn's Creek in collaboration with John G. Stewart School, and the City of Winnipeg Parks and Open Space Division with support from Councillor Jeff Browaty.
Projects in Development:
- Playwright Ellen Peterson with Siloam Mission
- Ceramic artist Jennie O’Keefe with 17 Wing Personnel Support Services
- Interdisciplinary artist Gabriela Aguero with Winnipeg Trails Association
- Interdisciplinary artist Natasha Halayda with Fort Whyte Farms (youth)
- Mosaic artist Ursula Neufeld with Luxton School (youth)
- Multidisciplinary artist Val Vint with John Howard Society
Community Groups currently being matched with artists:
- Manitoba Wheelchair Sports (youth)