Funds needed for Lansdowne art plan

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

The city hopes to draw funds from government grants and the private sector since it has $4 million to buy only two pieces of art for a redeveloped Lansdowne Park.

The city is spending the money on an art screen and beacon in the $35-million urban park. The two pieces work out to be about 1% of the total Lansdowne redevelopment cost.

The city is making headway working with the Algonquins of Ontario to incorporate Algonquin art.

According to a city report, the Algonquins have been concerned elements recognizing Algonquin culture were being planned for Lansdowne's "backyard." However, the city says the canal-facing side will actually be the new face of Lansdowne.

The city is working on including a series of demonstration gardens and a teaching circle as part of the Algonquin elements.

The city also plans to shift some existing art around the property.

The Ahearn fountain, recognizing the work of Thomas Ahearn bringing an electric streetcar down Bank St., will be integrated into the outdoor plaza.

The Patricia Princess Memorial will be relocated to the west side of Aberdeen Pavilion.

The city might develop a smartphone application to help explain elements of the Lansdowne redevelopment to visitors.

The finance and economic development committee will discuss the art plan Tuesday.

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