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(Posted 1 p.m., June 12)
City quitely installs $150K public art project at Trim and Watters

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Southbound commuters on Trim Road may have noticed a slight change in the landscape on the righthand side of the street as they approach the intersection at Trim and Watters.

The rust coloured geometric shapes are, in fact, a sculpture commissioned by the City of Ottawa as part of the Trim Road widening and realignment.

The name of the sculpture is "Erractic Field" and it's supposed to represent boulders left behind by the receding glaciers following the last ice age.

Althought the exact cost of the sculpture has not been made public, the city set aside $150,000 in the budget for the selection process, the sculpture itself and the instalation.

The artist who designed the sculpture is Shayne Dark from Harrington, Ontario which is located halfway between Kitchener and London. Dark beat out four other artists who made the juried shortlist.

According to the City's website, the sculpture will transform the space with a group of erratic-like sculptures, each varying in size and design and spread in an apparently random order.

"Constructed from Cor-ten steel, the weather will cover the surface with a rich purple brown patina over time, bringing the sculptures closer to nature, beautifully complementing the surrounding urban green-space."

The design was first unveiled at a public meeting in November, 2013 along with the other four other candidates whose work was up for consideration. Dark's work was announced as the winning submission last June.

According to the competition guidelines the sculpture had to demonstrate contemporary artistic excellence; ispire, intrigue and engage; be safe for the public; be made of highly permanent materials suitable for an outdoor environment, and requiring minimal maintenance.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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