Two pieces of popular public art will soon be secured permanently in their locations thanks to public support and the work of Oak Bay’s arts laureate Barbara Adams.
The Bodhi Frog will maintain its spectacular view of Willows Beach as it was accepted by the Committee of the Whole this week to be included in the permanent Public Art collection of the municipality.
Bhodi Frog, installed beside the sidewalk at Willows Beach at the foot of Estevan Avenue, was part of the 2017-18 ArtsAlive public art program. Two Oak Bay residents purchased the art work and wish to donate it back to the municipality so that it can remain at its location.
Another popular piece of public art will join its ranks with permanent status. The Hunt, a sculpture by Ken Hall, features a pack of wolves and a large buck in Queens’ Park. It received the second most votes in the 2016 ArtsAlive program motivating the Public Art Committee to seek donations to purchase it for the permanent public art collection. Donations from the community steadily came in and Oak Bay arts laureate Barbara Adams secured a $10,000 grant towards its purchase from the Province of British Columbia. The cost of the The Hunt is $25,000 so with the provincial grant of $10,000 and the public having donated $15,000, there is no cost to the municipality to purchase The Hunt. Committee agreed Monday to purchase the art. Decisions made at committee are recommendations to council for potential final approval.
ArtsAlive is a year-round showcase of public art placed around Oak Bay for all to enjoy put on by Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture. Through a public call to artists, installations are selected by the Public Art Committee with sculptures in place for the spring.
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