Outdoor Art paints the life and history of a community and can be found on streetlamps, fences, in parks on the sides of buildings and in a host of other surprising places. The artwork includes sculptures, murals, banners, plays and more.
The City of St. Catharines owns and manages a collection of outdoor art and cultural property which is supported by guidance from the Public Art Advisory Committee. Additional outdoor art in St. Catharines can be found at Brock University, on the grounds of Rodman Hall Art Centre, on the streets of downtown and on provincial and federal government property.
Some highlights of what you can find in St. Catharines include:
Recognizing the need for more public art in the landscape of St. Catharines, the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) has launched a sculpture exhibition program to install works of art on the James St. lawn at City Hall. The inaugural exhibit, Circle of Friends by Rod Dowling was installed in 2007 for temporary display. The loan was a trial to stimulate awareness of the relationship between art and public spaces. The response from residents was encouraging and the PAAC decided to continue the program, with the possibility of future growth to other City sites.
In February of 2012 The City of St. Catharines invited Expressions of Interest, open to all Canadian artists, to assist the St. Catharines' Public Art Advisory Committee in selecting an existing work for temporary display on the side lawn of City Hall. Work was encouraged that responded aesthetically to the site, taking into consideration its context within the city and/or its architectural configuration.
On August 13, 2012 St. Catharines City Council approved the committee's recommendation to install Kernel Memory by artist Laura Moore. The work was installed on the James Street lawn October 2, 2012 and will remain for a minimum of two years.
Submissions were reviewed by a selection committee consisting of representatives from the Public Art Advisory Committee, City of St. Catharines staff and the local arts community. They utilized the following design considerations to reach their final selection:
Niagara HERE is a network of forty sites throughout the Region that show Niagara to tourists and residents in a whole new way. Artists have created location-specific artworks that will be experienced through mobile devices. The digital meets the physical as visitors travel to each location to access artwork that can only be found at the site. The project is part of the Culture Capitals of Canada Niagara 2012 program.
Niagara HERE offers visitors a mobile adventure - they can plan out a route online, pick up a map, or just stumble across a site and enter into the experience. The sites are spread across all twelve Niagara municipalities - there are a number of sites in St. Catharines including: Centennial Gardens, Charles Ansel Park, Downtown St. Catharines and Morningstar Mill.
Check out St. Catharines' downtown urban art scene in The Alley (between James Street and Garden Park Boulevard) with an ever changing vibrant style of art that reflects modern city life.
Take a self-guided tour and enjoy listening to plays by aspiring young playwrights from St. Catharines. Visit the site that inspired the writer and listen to a three-minute play on your mobile phone. There are nine locations in downtown, one at the Lakeside Park Carousel and one at Lock 3. Look for the green ears.