Through the public art selection process, Ottawa-based artist Stuart Kinmond has been awarded a public art commission for an installation on Main Street.
Artist's Statement:Main Street is a diamond in the rough. A neglected thoroughfare with a beautiful community around it, bordered by the canal on one side and the river on the other. Most of the attractive features of Old Ottawa East are not evident when you drive along Main St. The concept for this public artwork originated in the desire to make these features visible, like windows onto the street. The colored windows also reflects the strong ecclesiastical heritage of the community.
Main Street needs a strong infusion of pedestrian oriented activities and opportunities. There is not a single public space along the whole length of the street for the pubic to sit and gather. The idea of a public square seemed like a desirable addition to the street. Hence the idea of Main2 (pronounced Main Square). My design became a mini public square, including the benches, the paving, and shade structures as well as the windows with colored glass.
The 3 windows have images of the canal, the river and the land between. Each of the windows has 3 separated glass panels, that create a parallax as the viewer moves by them, whether on foot, bicycle or in a car.
— Stuart Kinmond
Brantwood Place Gates Rehabilitation
The Brantwood Place Gates, built in 1912, are an important component of the community's cultural heritage, and are designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.
They have been identified as requiring structural rehabilitation, due to their age and deteriorating condition.
Planning Committee approved the application to rebuild the Gates on July 8th, 2014. The Gates will be carefully dismantled, and re-assembled using new and salvageable components.
The Gates will be reinstated about 1.2 to 1.5 metres east of their current location to allow them to meet the requirements for sidewalk width, and to improve visibility for drivers.
The rehabilitation will be co-ordinated with the construction schedule of the Main Street Renewal project.