Burlington residents will have an exciting opportunity to celebrate Canada 150 when the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural comes to town in May 2017. The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project will bring together 150 communities and thousands of participants to create community murals that celebrate Canada's unique history and culture.
Burlington's mural will be composed of 400 tiles, each measuring four inches square. From May 21 - 22, 2017, Burlington residents are invited to paint their own tile that will become part of the mural.
How to Participate:
Drop into one of the community painting days to paint your tile. Everyone is welcome - you do not need to be an artist to participate.
There are only 400 tiles so come early to make sure you get to paint one...first come, first served basis.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
777 Guelph Line
2 to 6 p.m.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Rd.
1 to 4 p.m.
The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project is led by internationally recognized artist Lewis Lavoie and his Mural Mosaic Team based out of Alberta. To follow the mural's progress across Canada, visit the Canada 150 Mosaic website. For more information about Burlington's mural visit: burlingtonpublicart.com
The Burlington mural for the Canada 150 Mosaic project will be unveiled at the music centre on July 1, 2017.
Did you know that outdoor public art and monuments need ongoing maintenance because they are exposed to weather and pollution? Our public art program works to preserve the public art inventory, like the War Memorial. To get ready for Remembrance Day, work was completed on the Burlington War Memorial in the summer of 2016, thanks to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). CIP 150 is funding projects that rehabilitate existing community facilities and cultural infrastructure across Canada. The program is part of the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. This project was funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.
The Burlington War Memorial was dedicated in April 1922 by Lord Byng, Governor General of Canada and was originally located in a downtown park beside Lake Ontario. The monument was moved to its present location after the construction of the new City Hall in 1962. The Cenotaph consists of five pieces of granite stacked in a plinth. A seven foot bronze statue of a Canadian WWI infantry soldier tops the column, which lists the names of 38 World War I fatalities from Burlington and Nelson Township, 17 key World War I Canadian battle locations and the names of 44 local service people who died in World War II. Korean and Afghanistan War Veterans are recognized by an engraving on the base of the column.
The term public art refers to works of art that have been created with the specific intention of being sited or staged in a public space. The City of Burlington's Public Art Program enhances the quality of life for residents by bringing the work of recognized artists to the city centre and neighbourhoods throughout Burlington. Established in 2009, Burlington's Public Art Program is a Council-approved system of processes that guide how artwork is commissioned, acquired and managed. Learn more about public art projects, involvement opportunities and the public art inventory on our Public Art website.
On July 6, 2009, Burlington's City Council approved a Public Art Master Plan. Starting in 2009 and running until 2018, this plan provides a framework for the City's Public Art Program by identifying opportunities and priorities for:
As part of the Public Art Master Plan, Council approved a revised Public Art Policy. This policy guides the Public Art Program and provides a mechanism through which the City can acquire public art for municipally-owned public spaces through its purchase, commission or donation.