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City of Mississauga Public Art Additions

Nov 10, 2011

The City of Mississauga is adding three new public art pieces to its public art collection including Familia installed in Harold E. Kennedy Park, Crossing Pedestrians at the intersection of City Centre Dr. and Duke of York Blvd and a future public art piece that will be installed next summer in the city's new roundabout.


"Public art contributes to the distinct identity and unique character of the city and its various destinations," said Susan Burt, City of Mississauga, director, Culture Division. "Works of public art help to define Mississauga as a place like no other by capturing the public's imagination and making the city a place people want to live, work and visit. A variety of forms and themes of public art, which will appeal to diverse audiences, are being planned."

Familia - Harold E. Kennedy Park
Familia is comprised of nine sculptures in limestone and granite created by artist Stephen Cruise. According to the artist, the sculptures respond to the significant natural and industrial history of the location. The sculptures are positioned to echo the flow of the Credit River and to become an extension of the children's play area.

The nine elements of the artwork include the following: a shell, tree, fish, fox, rail, boat, tank, lion and hive. The hive is the central piece. According to Cruise, it represents a place of collective activity and also references the St. Lawrence Starch Company that had a mill on the site and used a beehive as their company's motif.


Crossing Pedestrians - Downtown Intersection
Also as part of the public art program, the City has recently unveiled Crossing Pedestrians. The art work at the intersection of City Centre Dr. and Duke of York Blvd. was designed by Montreal-based artist, Roadsworth. The artist intended that the installation of painted pedestrians in motion on the pavement would underline the City's commitment to transforming Mississauga's downtown into a pedestrian-friendly place by creating an artwork that is better experienced while walking instead of driving.


Roundabout Public Art - Coming Summer 2012
In addition to the two recent installations, a public art piece is being planned for the centre of the roundabout at Duke of York Blvd. and Square One Dr. The unveiling of the artwork is scheduled for Summer 2012.


About Culture Division:
The Culture Division was created in 2007 to foster growth and sustainability of culture in Mississauga. Through its policy development, services, programs and partnership initiatives, the Culture Division plays an integral role in the growth of the City for the 21st Century by preserving, supporting and enhancing the artistic and historic fabric of Mississauga.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.


Media Contact:
Lindsay Noronha
Public Affairs Consultant
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5053
TTY: 905-896-5151
lindsay.noronha@mississauga.ca






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