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
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.
Public Affairs Consultant
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5053