Brandon Vickerd, artist of the Wild Life sculptures
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- August 31, 2016 (LSN) Two new sculptures were unveiled today by the City of Thunder Bay on the Algoma Street curb extensions between Bay Street and Cornwall Avenue. The curb extensions have been being transformed into displays of Public Art with the addition of two pedestrian-scale bronze sculptures titled Wild Life by Hamilton-based artist Brandon Vickerd.
“It is a priority of the City’s Public Art Committee to commission works of functional public art. The sculptures increase visibility of the curb extensions while integrating art into our daily lives.” said Daniel Hansen, Chair – Public Art Committee. “The addition of public art will undoubtedly enhance the cultural vibrancy of the Bay & Algoma neighbourhood.”
Designs for the sculptures were selected through an open competition administered by the City’s Public Art Program in 2015. The competition was developed to mark the presence of the curb extensions, which were built in 2012 as a means to control the speed of vehicles in the pedestrian-friendly area. The $120,000 beautification project was administered by the City’s Public Art Committee and Recreation & Culture Division and funded by the Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee Emerging Projects Fund.
Wild Life invites a thoughtful reflection on our relationship to nature and challenges viewers’ perceptions by making a seemingly mundane scene extraordinary. At a distance, the sculptures appear to represent human figures, but upon closer inspection, the figures reveal themselves to be composed of animals working together to appear human. The animals represent species native to the Thunder Bay area such as deer, black bears, squirrels, coyotes, and birds.
The artwork can be viewed on the two west side curb extensions on Algoma Street South between Bay Street and Cornwall Avenue.