North Bay, ON – Sept. 19, 2023 – A new splash of color and creativity has been added to the facades of the public buildings at Sunset and Champlain parks.
A series of art panels adorning the buildings at the two parks was officially unveiled today, showcasing the talent of local artists who responded to a call for submissions as part of a project led by the City and its Public Art Advisory Committee.
“These art panels by local artists enhance the beauty of our park spaces and will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come,” said Coun. Justine Mallah, Chair of Community Services. “Thank you to all the artists who made submissions and for sharing your talents; and thanks to my fellow PAAC members, who had the difficult task of choosing from so many creative pieces of art.”
The art panel initiative, which was launched in July with a call for submissions, is aimed at strengthening the prominence of public art within the City, providing an opportunity to recognize local and regional artists and to improve beautification of public spaces.
A total of 25 submissions were received, with 12 pieces by eight artists selected by the PAAC for installation onto aluminum panels that have been mounted onto the public parks’ buildings. The panels have been wrapped in high quality vinyl to help withstand the weather.
The following artists were selected for panel installations at the designated locations:
The Art Panel Project is the latest public art initiative led by the City and the PAAC. In 2020, the City partnered with the PAAC to launch a Digital Traffic Box Initiative, which has seen original works by local artists image wrapped on 54 traffic control enclosures throughout the City.
North Bay’s PAAC was established in 2019 to provide expert community input on City of North Bay public art policies and projects and to help promote awareness of the importance of public art.
To learn more about the PAAC and its mandate, please visit: https://www.northbay.ca/publicart