Art pops up in handful of new sites for ArtsAlive 2017

Public art committee uses QR codes in various locations to make voting even easier this year

A bronze cougar will prowl Hanes Park near the junior campus of Glenlyon Norfolk School as part of ArtsAlive 2017.

Ghost Cat, by Fred Dobbs, is one of 13 sculptures that will dot the landscape in the year-long public art showcase.

“They’re totally different than last year, that’s art,” said arts laureate Barbara Adams. “Art is in the eye of the beholder. We’ll be interested in people’s comments and votes in what they like and don’t like.”

The wind-driven work Bodhi Frog by Doug Taylor will take a second new place at Willows Beach. All artwork, all under the theme of Transitions and selected by the public art committee of residents, artists and business members, should be in place by today, May 24.

“We’re keeping The Hunt (by Ken Hall). The artist is exhibiting it one more year and we are looking to buy it,” Adams said.

The public art committee scored a $10,000 grant toward the $28,000 purchase of the sculpture featuring a pack of wolves and a large buck.

Sleeping Giants, at Oak Bay municipal hall is also under consideration for purchase after garnering the largest public votes during the 2016 ArtsAlive.

Voting this year is tweaked a little, the arts laureate said.

“We’re trying to improve it so it’s accessible to vote,” she said.

Voting boxes, painted in bright colours, will feature brochures with paper ballots attached as well as a list of QR codes for all the works on the tour. Boxes will be in place at Oak Bay Recreation Centre, a couple on Oak Bay Avenue, Estevan Village and near Pure Vanilla or Willows Beach.

The opening tour of sculptures is Thursday, June 1 from 2:45 to 7 p.m. with a limited amount of space remaining for public seats on the bus.

“People can follow along in cars or on bicycles,” Adams said. Those with questions can call her at 250-686-2272.

ArtsAlive 2017 features: (sponsor, title, artist, location)

1. BIA – “Lunar Transitions” by Fred Dobbs, Pharmasave Crosswalk

2. Winchester Galleries – “Dream Window” by Illarian Gallant, Lokier Park

3. RBC & Ed Gee – “Inside Passage” by Angelos Glaros, Nicholas Randall

4. The Clive – “Driftwood Chakra Series” by Ginny Glover, Library

5. Barclay’s Fine Jewelers – “Gatekeeper” by David Hunwick, ArtSee on Monterey

6. Scott Piercy, Engels & Volkers – “Prevail & Conquer” by Nate Nettleton, Gage Gallery bus stop

7. Vis a Vis – “Gardener’s Gown” by Bev Petow, Hampshire Rd./Oak Bay Ave.

8. RE/MAX – “Island Cedar” by Paul Reimer, Estevan Village

9. The Avenue Gallery – “What the Nose Knows”, by Ron Simmer, Henderson/Cedar Hill X roads

10. Urban Core Ventures – “Ghost Cat” by Fred Dobbs, Hanes Park

11. Leslee Farrell – “Fui Flos” by Richard Smith, Side Street Gallery

12. Marc Owen-Flood – “Bodhi Frog” by Doug Taylor, Willows Beach

13. Abstract Developments – “Beetle Bench 2017” by Vaughn Warren, Pure Vanilla

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