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Winter Tree Wraps are Back -- Artists Wanted for Popular Public Art Project

Aug 21, 2017

Your air conditioner may still be working overtime but the City of Mississauga's Culture and Parks and Forestry Divisions are planning for the cooler weather with their fourth annual Winter Tree Wraps project.

As part of the annual, temporary, public art project, the City of Mississauga is accepting proposals from professional Canadian artists and artist teams to create artwork for the 2017/2018 winter season. Artists are asked to submit a proposal for artwork that will wrap a total of 52 Pyramidal English Oak trees in two locations for the upcoming season.

"The colourful, artistic wraps are intended to animate the urban environment throughout the winter season," said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. "In addition to being vibrant and colourful, successful proposals will be innovative in design, foster community pride and contribute to a sense of identity for residents, visitors and surrounding businesses."

According to Laura Piette, Director Parks and Forestry Division, the Oak trees will first be wrapped by the City using burlap in order to shield the trees from harsh weather conditions. The artist's work will be installed on top of the burlap material and will cause no harm to the trees. Artists will be asked to incorporate this year’s theme, Future Directions, as it relates to topics including city building, transit infrastructure and climate change.

Project Details

The artwork will be exhibited along the Hurontario Street corridor, nearest Burnhamthorpe Road W., and along the centre median at Burnhamthorpe Road W. and Promontory Drive.

The total budget for all expenses related to this project is a maximum of $25,000 + HST.

Selection Process
All shortlisted proposals will be reviewed by an independent jury made up arts professionals and subject matter experts. The jury will recommend an artist or artist team for the award of the commission.

The deadline for artist proposals is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST.

Submission and Additional Information
Submission details and information including the project timeline and examples from past years can be found on the Culture Division website.

For more information about the City of Mississauga Public Art Program visit the website.


Media Contact:
Lindsay Noronha
Corporate Communications Advisor, Community Services
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 3940
TTY: 905-896-5151