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New Public Art Celebrated at Civic Centre Skate Park - Media Photo Opportunity

Aug 23, 2013

The Sculpture Court Skate Park at the Mississauga Civic Centre is getting a new look thanks to artist, Dan Bergeron. The City of Mississauga's Culture Division commissioned Bergeron, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) to resurface the wall on the north side of the park just outside the gallery with a public art piece that will help rejuvenate the space.

Bergeron hosted an artist talk in May and a Twitter chat in July to get feedback from the community on the direction of the public art piece. According to Bergeron, the piece he designed entitled 'Opting In' is a "graphic mural that hints at the structure of the structures we interact with when at the skate park."

Event Details

What:
The public art piece will be celebrated during a youth-led event taking place at the skate park. The event is a collaboration between Nexus Youth Centre and Dixie Bloor Neighborhood Centre.

When:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Youth Event: 4 to 6 p.m.
Public Art Media Photo Opportunity: 4:30 to 4:50 p.m.

Where:
Sculpture Court Skate Park
Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga

Who:
Dan Bergeron, Artist
Andrew Whittemore, Manager, Culture Planning, Culture Division, City of Mississauga
Yvonne Koscielak, Public Art Coordinator, Culture Division, City of Mississauga
Tina Chu, Engagement Officer, Art Gallery of Mississauga

Background

Dan Bergeron creates site-specific works for outdoor environments. The aim of Dan's work is to question the notion of "public" space. It is intended to expose the exclusions embedded in billboard advertising, city architecture and urban geography and to reclaim those spaces for the people and issues they ignore. To that end, Dan's work is visually and thematically accessible, inclusionary in its documentation of subjects rarely focused upon in mass media, and is intended to provoke reflection upon issues of identity, social relationships and the spaces that we collectively inhabit. These issues emerge out of highly site-specific concerns—the shape and texture of a wall, the historical uses of a building and/or an individual's or community's connection to that building or space dictate the scale and placement of the work and the pose of the subject.

Dan has completed installations at the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, while also being commissioned for projects by The Luminato Festival, Red Bull 381 Projects and Vespa. Recently Dan won a commission from The City of Toronto to complete a permanent public artwork in Regent Park, slated for installation in the spring of 2014 and based on Dan’s 'Face Of The City' body of work.

About the City of Mississauga’s Public Art Program
To learn more about the public art program, visit www.mississauga.ca/publicart.

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 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 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 focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

Media Contact:
Finola Pearson
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5050
finola.pearson@mississauga.ca
TTY: 905-896-5151






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