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Public Art

Public art is visual art that exists in the public realm. It includes all works that are commissioned, purchased by, or donated to the City to be located in publicly accessible spaces. 

New Public Art Projects

Seven businesses in Barrie’s downtown have temporary art installations displayed on their patio fencing as part of the Brightening Barriers public art project. The exhibition will remain on display until November 30, 2021.

The City will celebrate a new public art feature in Sunnidale Park with the installation of a natural wildflower Hope Garden and accompanying artwork. Stay tuned for details!

In October 2012, City Council approved its first Public Art Policy, created by a committee of arts experts from Barrie and surrounding area. The policy established a Barrie Public Art Committee (BPAC) that works to raise the profile of public art and create a vibrant, animated city full of public art for all to enjoy.

The Barrie Public Art Guide features works in public spaces across Barrie, along with maps detailing their locations. Copies are available for pickup at City Hall and tourism outlets. Below are projects that have involved BPAC.

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