International artists awarded major commissions for City’s Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program

Five major public art commissions announced today by Mayor Gregor Robertson as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program will enhance 2010 Games venues as well as some of the City’s most iconic landmarks.

“From LED light works to sculptural installations, this exciting public art initiative will enhance Vancouver’s cultural and physical landscape,” the Mayor said. “The selection of these artists will help us build a creative city, where dynamic public artworks are at the forefront.”

The artists, who represent both senior and emerging artists from around the world, and their projects, are:

  • Berlin-based artist Gunda Förster — creating a light-based work for City Hall;

  • Canadian artists Adrian Göllner and Pierre Poussin — developing decorative street lighting for Vancouver’s downtown core;

  • Vancouver artist Rodney Graham — creating a sculptural installation for the Georgia St. entrance to Stanley Park;

  • Paris-based artist Tania Ruiz Gutiérrez — creating a sculptural light work for under the Cambie St. bridge at West Second Ave.; and,

  • Vancouver artist Christian Kliegel — creating an open-air architectural installation for the Central Library’s north plaza.

All of the pieces are permanent installations, with the exception of the Central Library project, which will be mounted for one year. Installations will be complete by the beginning of 2010.

“These public art projects, which are not only aesthetically powerful but also incorporate major sustainability elements, will stand as an enduring legacy long after the 2010 Winter Games,” Mayor Robertson added.

Following three international open calls that attracted more than 300 entries, the artists and projects were selected by three independent juries comprised of artists, curators, design professionals and community members.

"Great public art is an essential investment in the creation of great cities," said Vancouver Art Gallery Director Kathleen Bartels, a selection committee member.

"These five works commissioned through the City of Vancouver's Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program will be among the most exciting new public art projects in North America, reaching a broad audience while reflecting the creative energy of a city known for its dynamic contemporary art scene and many internationally renowned artists."

For more information on the artists and other Olympic and Paralympic Public Art projects, visit: http://olympichostcity.vancouver.ca/cityhighlights/thecreativecity/publicartprogram/#1

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