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Published on Friday, May 12, 2017

Town seeks professional artist for Trafalgar Park public art

Expressions of interest due by June 15

Town seeks professional artist for Trafalgar Park public art
Trafalgar Park Community Centre
Community Centre now under construction to open in 2018
Oakville Beaver

The Town of Oakville is seeking a professional artist to create a permanent, outdoor public artwork as part of the redevelopment of Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park.

The selected artist will have their work featured at the north entrance of the renovated facility, which will be renamed the Trafalgar Park Community Centre.

Professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams are invited to submit expressions of interest until June 15.

During the first stage of the competition, applicants will be reviewed based on the merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience.

In Phase 2, short-listed artists will be required to submit an artwork concept proposal and model.

The successful concept will be selected by an independent committee featuring visual arts professionals, community representatives and Town staff.

The project will be awarded in September, installed in summer 2018 and unveiled when the Trafalgar Park Community Centre opens to the public in September 2018.

“Public art is accessible to everyone and reflects the vibrancy and richness of the Oakville community,” stated Mayor Rob Burton in a media release.

“This an exciting opportunity for an artist to create a unique piece of artwork that will live on in the community for years to come,” said the mayor.

Oakville Arena, located at 133 Rebecca St., was built in 1950 and has served as a community hub for more than six decades.

It’s also one of only four remaining arenas in Ontario with a distinctive wooden truss-roof system, designed by Norman Otto Hipel, politician and builder who patented the roof system in 1928.

Following extensive public consultation, Council approved a resident-supported plan to revitalize and expand the facility while maintaining its historical features.

The project will expand the existing Oakville Arena to a 65,500-sq.-ft. community centre while preserving the arena’s wooden roof trusses.

The community centre will include an NHL-sized ice pad, seniors’ centre, public meeting space, fitness centre, full-size gymnasium and an indoor running track.

Trafalgar Park will feature a fully-accessible playground with shade structure, a double tennis court that will be converted into an artificial outdoor rink in the winter and exterior washroom facilities.

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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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