Outdoor art installed at Maffeo Sutton Park

NANAIMO - Four new art pieces were installed in Maffeo Sutton May 8.

Outdoor art is becoming a common trend to create more vibrant open spaces and parks.

The City of Nanaimo installed four new pieces in Maffeo Sutton Park May 8: Dungeness Crab by Don Ritchie, Spindle Whorle by Joel Good, Borrowed Light by Samuel Houston and (Un)tamed by David Jacob Harder.

The pieces were installed during Public Art Week which runs May 5-11. For four years the city has welcomed artists to temporarily display their work for a year in the park.

A request was made to artists in the fall of 2012 and 12 submissions were received. Four were selected by a panel of nine representatives from the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission, the city’s Cultural Committee and the Nanaimo Art Gallery. The honoraria for the pieces totalled $16,000.

Plaques recognizing the artists will also be added. They will have information about the artist, the piece and a link to a YouTube video documenting the creative process. A brochure describing the artwork is also being planned by the city.

For more information about public art in Nanaimo please go to http://cnan.ca/dXGoQA.