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Harrison screw pumps inspire Okanagan art – Agassiz-Harrison Observer

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A work of environmental stewardship in Harrison inspired a work of art in Kelowna.

Visual arts students from UBC Okanagan (UBCO) collaborated during a five-week course in the summer to create a colourful, two-storey mural in the heart of Kelowna as inspired by the Archimedes srew pumps in Harrison Hot Springs. The mural, depicting a massive salmon coloured shades of white, red, yellow and blue, is part of a larger downtown beautification project in the Okanagan.

The five-week class ran between July and August, and the salmon mural is located adjacent to the CTQ Consultants building on St. Paul Street in Kelowna. CTQ has had a hand in a number of proposed projects for Harrison Hot Springs, including the Miai River Flood Pump Station and a master plan for the lagoon.

CTQ Consultants founding partner Matt Cameron reflected on the Archimedes screw pump project in a recent statement, calling the project “One of our highlights and challendges that turned into an amazing project at Harrison Hot Springs.”

RELATED: Flood pumps part of local flood mitigation tactics

The screw pumps were part of a flood mitigation effort along the Miami River in Harrison Hot Springs, installed in 2016. These new pumps replaced the 60-year-old model that previously took a serious toll on the fish population. Now, thanks to the new design, the, $1.9 million, screw-like transporation system allows fish to pass much more safely safely from the river to the lake in addition to more efficiently mitigating possible flooding. The mortality rate of fish going through the old pump system was once 100 per cent; with the new system in place, it’s plummeted to about two per cent. The pump was painted a fish-friendly canary yellow, echoed in parts of the Kelowna mural.

“This collaboration with UBCO and CTQ, combined with the hard work of many individuals, has given the students an opportunity to create their masterpiece in our parking lot on the north facing wall at CTQ’s Kelowna office. This is a great addition and our entire team is proud to have been a part of cheering up the downtown core,” Cameron said in a statement.

David Doody, a UBCO alumnus, is a visual arts director and member of the Uptown Rutland Business Association.

RELATED: Village earns merit award for Miami Flood Pump Station

“The uptown mural project grew out of desire to bring more art to public places,” Doody said in a statement. “By creating exciting and energetic works of public art, we are transforming our communities into dynamic open-air art galleries.”

Doody guided UBCO students through the mural-making process, from pitching to planning and finally, delivery.

“UBC’s department of Creative Studies partnered with CTQ Consultants to create this exciting new art education experience for BFA students,” Doody said. “This course gave students an experience common to painting murals including the use of projectors, mechanical lifts, and a variety of paint applications and techniques.”

To learn more about the mural project, visit www.uptownmurals.com.

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POLICE BRIEFS: Fatal crashes, high-end art stolen – The North Bay Nugget

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North Bay rider dies in ATV crash

Ontario Provincial Police say the rider from North Bay was pronounced deceased at the scene of a single vehicle all-terrain vehicle crash on a snowmobile trail in Phelps Township at noon Saturday.

The collision occurred when the ATV veered off the trail.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Coroner, an OPP Traffic Collision Investigator (TTCI) and a Collision Reconstructionist. A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place Tuesday.

More information will be released when available.

Motorcycle rider dies in crash

Ontario Provincial Police say the rider was pronounced deceased at the scene of a single vehicle motorcycle crash on Highway 518, near Forestry Road, in Kearney at 11 am Saturday.

OPP say the motorcycle left the roadway.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the North East Region OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) Team.

More information will be released when available.

Highway 518 has reopened.

One person was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a single-vehicle collision on the same highway, near Kallio Road, at 4 am Saturday.

Two other people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the North East Region OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) Team.

More information will be released when available.

High-end art stolen in North Bay

North Bay police are investigating the theft of high-end art from a residence on Silver Lady Lane, off Trout Lake, early Saturday.

The stolen items include a 2’x3′ Jan Van Kessel painting, Limoges casket, 6″ blue/gold plate and 6″ aventurine brush washer.

Please call with any information.

Anyone with information that may assist police with this breakin can call the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555 and select option 9 to speak to an officer.

Car kicker gets a date in court

A Sturgeon Falls man faces charges after OPP responded to two mischief complaints on John Street at 12:45 pm Sept. 16.
OPP allege the accused was seen kicking two vehicles, causing excessive damage.
The 32-year-old faces charges of mischief under $5,000 and mischief over $5,000. He is to appear in North Bay court Nov. 10.

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High end art stolen In Silver Lady Lane break-in – BayToday.ca

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Not many details yet, but City Police are investigating the theft of several high-end pieces of art from a Silver Lady Lane home this morning.

Items include a 2’x3′ Jan Van Kessel painting, Limoges casket, 6″ blue/gold plate, and 6″ aventurine brush washer.

Silver Lady Lane runs off Trout Lake Road and a number of expensive and exclusive houses sit on the shores of Trout Lake.

Police are asking for the public’s help.

Jan van Kessel was a Flemish painter active in Antwerp in the mid 17th century.

Wikipedia says he was a versatile artist and he practiced in many genres including studies of insects, floral still lifes, marines, river landscapes, paradise landscapes, allegorical compositions, and scenes with animals.

Van Kessel’s works were highly prized by his contemporaries and were collected by skilled artisans, wealthy merchants, nobles, and foreign luminaries throughout Europe.

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Toronto's outdoor museum for street art is a perfect activity for these pandemic times – blogTO

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Dundas West Open Air Museum, a collection of murals clustered in a Toronto neighbourhood, opened about a year ago, but they’ve been very busy during that time.

Around 20 murals have been painted around the Dundas West area from Shaw to Lansdowne by local artists such as Jieun June Kim, Jose Ortega and Pablo Gomez.

All murals can be explored virtually on the museum’s website, which includes info about the works and artists.

The initiative was spearheaded by the artists along with Little Portugal and Dundas West BIAs, Lula Lounge, Toronto Arts Council and Creativo Arts.

It was inspired by similar public space projects in places like The Bronx and Berlin.

One of the new initiatives from the museum is an app that you can download to your phone and use to make your way among the murals, finding out information about each piece and the artists that created it as you go.

As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, finding safe, outdoor activities in Toronto is on many people’s to-do list and this outdoor museum might just be one that’s perfectly suited to the times.

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