Among the pieces of temporary public art the City of Nanaimo approved for 2020 are (clockwise from top-left) Name Your Dog! by Joel Prevost, Not Out of the Woods by Marc Walter, Untitled by Troy Moth, Sea Bed by Peter Achurch and Our Common Ancestor by Maggie Wouterloot. (Photos courtesy the City of Nanaimo)

City of Nanaimo announces 10 new pieces of temporary outdoor public art

Sculptures will be installed at Maffeo Sutton Park and McGregor Park in May

Ten new pieces of public art are coming to Maffeo Sutton Park and McGregor Park this year.

On Jan. 21 the City of Nanaimo announced in a press release the works that have been selected as part of the 2020 Temporary Outdoor Public Art Program. The pieces will be installed in May during Public Art Week.

The nine pieces of public art heading to Maffeo Sutton Park are: Joy in the Life and Balance by Joanne Helm, a bronze Daschund balancing on a steel pipe; Sea Bed by Peter Achurch, a weaving made from found marine rope hung from a wooden frame with a steel spring mattress as its armature; The Fossil Laughs by Steve Milroy, a metal sculpture that depicts a face when viewed head-on; Jardiniere by Deryk and Samuel Houston, a wire mesh sculpture holding blue glass flowers; Name your dog! by Joel Prevost, a concrete dog sculpture; Not Out of the Woods by Marc Walter, a flat whale sculpture made from recycled and reclaimed branches; Untitled by Troy Moth, a three-legged wooden sculpture; and two pieces by artist Maggie Wouterloot: History Needs a Rewrite, A resin-cast moose skull decorated with cave paintings and etchings; and Our Common Ancestor, a fibreglass fish with legs.

The lone piece to be featured at McGregor Park is Out From Out Where: Beyond Liminality by Bryan Faubert, a laser-cut steel archway with images cut into the steel that become visible when light shines through.

“I hope everyone will make sure to see these amazing examples of our vibrant art community’s talent and creativity” said Mayor Leonard Krog in a press release.

According to a staff report, the city received 36 proposals from 22 artists or groups of artists from across North America. The pieces cost $28,000 and $2,000 will be spent on installation and maintenance.

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