Birds, rocket ships, tire marks all options for new art
Christopher Griffin’s art proposal for the Glebe Parking Garage aims to help shoppers remember where they parked their cars. Griffin is proposing concrete pillars which will be named Dow’s Lake, Rideau Canal, Paterson Creek and Brown’s Inlet. The Glebe artist’s proposal is one of five presented at an open house on Nov. 24.
Michelle Nash, Ottawa Community News
Five artists are vying to be the one who will liven up a new city parking garage in the Glebe.
The artists presented their proposals for project, located between Second and Third avenues, west of Bank Street in the Glebe at a public open house at St. Giles Presbyterian Church on Nov. 24.
The request for submissions was first issued in November 2013, asking artists to create a piece of public art which will integrate visually significant elements to provide identity and character to the building. The theme for the project was to focus on the garage being a mobility hub, something each of the five artists managed to do in their own way.
West-end artist Karl Ciesluk’s proposal involves two 4.8-metre high sculptures which are to be placed on both Second and Third avenues. The first sculpture, a tire skid mark, is meant to represent that life is not always in control, Ciesluk said. The other, a larger-than-life blown out tire, is meant to represent the beauty in even the broken things, the artist explained.
“Things that are trash, there can be beauty to it,” Ciesluk said. “They are sophisticated sculptures for a sophisticated neighbourhood.”
Glebe artist Christopher Griffin’s proposal for the garage aims to help shoppers remember where they parked their cars he said. Griffin is proposing concrete support pillars which will be named Dow’s Lake, Rideau Canal, Paterson Creek and Brown’s Inlet — and add distinction to each of the four levels of the garage.