Amanda DykeCulture Officer - Development
Program Update: The deadline for submission of expressions of interest for the Bob Hunter public art project has passed, with submissions received from across the country. In late July a jury of five third-party individuals representing the Hunter family, downtown community, architectural realm, visual arts and music community will assemble under the facilitation of Corinna Ghaznavi, independent curator and former Public Art Coordinator for the City of Markham. The jury will review the expressions of interest and short list up to three respondents who will move forward to Phase 2 in the submission process and provide their concept and technical proposal. Short-listed artists will be notified by the end of July and Phase 2 will run until the end of October at which time an artist/artist-team will be selected, provided the jury finds one of the final submissions acceptable. The intent is to install the piece in Meridian Place in the summer of 2020. The Barrie Public Art Committee continues to fundraise for this important new commissioned piece of public art. For more information about the project, please call the Creative Economy Department at 705-739-4299.
The Hunter family has committed $50,000 to the project. The Barrie Public Art Committee (BPAC) plans to raise an additional $50,000 in gifts from interested residents and businesses. The funds raised will be used for the competition process, creation of the commissioned work, installation costs, insurance, conservation and maintenance. With Bob’s long history in Barrie, and with his many business associates and friends, the committee are confident this is possible. This will be the first site-specific work for Meridian Place. This project’s acknowledgement of our performing arts history and its connection to an admired figure who played a central role in it, will provide a foundation for a diverse public art collection in Barrie. What better way to start than at Meridian Place, the centre of the city, where it all began with the realization of Bob Hunter’s vision. The City of Barrie is working in partnership with the BPAC, Downtown Barrie BIA and the Hunter family on the fundraising campaign and commissioning process for this public art project.
This artwork has many possible visual outcomes. There will be a national competition and call to artists to propose concepts. The artists who respond are asked to propose a work of art that honours the memory of Bob Hunter and celebrates the history of musical performance in Barrie. It is not intended to be a likeness of Mr. Hunter, rather an interpretation of his passion for music and his legacy in the performing arts community. The selected artist may interpret this intention in any media. The project only requires that the finished piece suit the size and scale of its intended site and the typical uses of Meridian Place. It must also offer an invitation for reflection and engagement by the various publics who will encounter it.
The successful proposal will be selected by a jury of 5 local stakeholders. BPAC will facilitate the process remaining arms-length and the jury make-up will include:
Mr. Hunter’s family approached BPAC offering $50,000 to go towards a piece of public art honouring his legacy in Barrie, installed in Meridian Place. Without the support of the Hunter family, the piece would not be possible at this time with the existing public art budget.
The artwork will be conceived, fabricated and installed for $100,000. The venture of public art can be quite expensive, as public art is technically considered infrastructure and has to be treated as such. Because of this, most of the money spent on public art ultimately goes to fabricators, project management, engineering, installation, contractors, specialist fees, heavy equipment, raw materials, rigorous testing, and any number of invisible substructures intended for our safety. Maintenance costs also have to be considered in all public art installations. The budget for this project is being covered by $50,000 donated to the City of Barrie by the Hunter family and $50,000 fundraised from the community.
Donation cheques (and Donation Receipt Request Forms when a receipt is preferred) can be mailed to City of Barrie, Attention: Amanda Dyke PO Box 400, Barrie, ON L4M 4T5, or hand delivered to Amanda Dyke's attention at the Creative Economy Department, 56 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario.
Individuals who make monetary donations of $20.00 or more and submit with a completed City of Barrie Donation Receipt Request Form will receive a charitable tax receipt. Businesses will not receive a charitable receipt but will receive a receipt for their gift.
People who contribute $1,000 or more to the fundraising campaign will be recognized in name on a plaque near the sculpture.
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