THUNDER BAY – The City of Thunder Bay is inviting proposals for two public art projects to commemorate the city’s 50th anniversary in 2020. The projects are designed to celebrate the amalgamation of Fort William and Port Arthur, as well as the townships of Neebing and McIntyre, in 1970.
The first, a 50th Anniversary Art Bus, is bound to grab plenty of attention. The city previously wrapped one of its busses in an art concept by Satellite Studio Artist Collective in 2015, and says it was a successful project. Now, it is inviting artists or artist teams to submit designs for another bus wrap, based on the theme “One City. Fifty Years.”
The city’s guidelines say it’s looking for proposals that “showcase the history of Thunder Bay through people, success stories, culture, heritage and diversity.”
The successful design will be displayed on a city bus beginning in February. Proposals are due by Jan. 15.
The second public art project is one that will be familiar to many – but with a 50th anniversary twist. The city is inviting proposals from artists for snow sculptures for the eighth annual SnowDay, which takes place over Family Day weekend at Marina Park.
Artists can centre their sculptures around one of two themes: the 50th anniversary or the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, which will be hosted in Thunder Bay in February 2020.
Artists will have three days to carve the sculptures, from Feb. 12-15. The city offers an honourarium of $400-500 for teams carving larger sculptures, as well as meal tickets. Proposals are due by Jan. 8.
To learn more about the calls for proposals, visit the city’s website..
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With a career as a renowned art auctioneer and founder of Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Shannon Loughery knows a valuable masterpiece when she sees one—and Loughery’s recently listed Midcentury Modern-style home in Encino is just that.
Determining the value of a work of art is not so different from that of a home. Ask any art auctioneer or real estate broker around the globe, and they will tell you about the litany of factors that go into determining the worth of something and how many of those factors might overlap—like artist, uniqueness and condition.
The artist, in this case, is celebrated Los Angeles architect Donald G. Park, who designed the 1972-built home.
Known as the Lewis Estate, this abode may perhaps be Park’s magnum opus, or at the very least his most architecturally significant. A modernist marvel, the house consists of three expansive dodecagon structures bridged together with a glass pavilion.
Perched upon an acre of the Encino Hills with stunning views overlooking the San Fernando Valley, this one-of-a-kind house spans over 6,800 square feet of interior space with six bedrooms and six bathrooms.
The home’s unique design gives way to a spectacular interior with soaring wood panels that stretch across the geometric ceiling, walls of glass windows that allow for a 200-degree view, and warm-toned tile in a circular pattern that encloses a recessed living area with a fireplace.
Freestanding stones walls help to separate the floorplan but also allow ample space for displaying art.
The kitchen is styled with a retro feel but is outfitted with modern appliances like a smooth top stove located on the island with an overhead vent.
A variety of flooring is used throughout the house, including patterned tiles, parquet wood and mint green carpet that covers a sleek, spiral staircase. Rich color accents are ubiquitous and on full display in places like the deep green of the tub and sinks of the upstairs bathroom, the vivid pink and purple of the kitchen cabinetry and the built-in couch’s soft yellow.
Completing the floorplan are a separate vintage bar, two dining areas and an atrium opening to a breathtaking beamed skylight.
Outside, the patio faces the valley, where residents can gaze upon a landscape of mountains and city lights as they soak in the heated spa, swim in the pool or sit around the gas fire pit.
Hilton & Hyland is a founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.
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A major piece of public art once planned for Highway 97 North disappeared last year after criticism from city councillors.
One main complaint about the proposed $250,000 sculpture, which featured 10 human figures perched atop tall poles, was that its beauty and grace would be lost by being placed next to the busy highway with all its speeding cars.
Coun. Gail Given suggested last November that artist Ted Fullerton’s proposed sculpture should have been located in pedestrian-friendly City Park where people could better relate to its scale and take pictures of themselves beside it.
Fast forward to Wednesday, when much secrecy was woven into a press release issued by the Kelowna Art Gallery about a “large new outdoor public art sculpture” about to be unveiled next to the building on Water Street.
“No announcements will have been made via any Gallery communications before the media preview event,” art gallery spokesman Joshua Desnoyers wrote in an email invitation to attend the event.
Feverish media minds, or one of them anyway, wondered if the about-to-unveiled sculpture was a revival of Fullerton’s ill-fated piece, which was conceived as a new ‘Welcome to Kelowna’ sign.
“I can confirm that it is not a sculpture by Ted Fullerton, although that is a very astute guess,” Desnoyers wrote in an email.
So media, and all of Kelowna, will have to wait until 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 27 to get a look at the sculpture, described as having been made by “an established artist whose work has been shown throughout North America and who has received major commissions in Canada and the U.S.”
Kelowna currently has more than 70 pieces of public art. The newest, whatever it is, will be located between two of the most photographed sculptures, ‘Rhapsody’, a representation of playful dolphins at the entrance to Waterfront Park, and ‘Bear’ , a representation of a bear, in Stuart Park.
Whatever happened to plans for a new Welcome to Kelowna sign on Highway 97 North also remains a bit of a mystery as calls to relevant authorities at City Hall were unreturned Wednesday.
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