City launches design competition for Verney water tower repainting

Community will vote on design to beautify Guelph landmark

A photograph of Verney Water tower viewed from the wet. The water tower is white and says Guelph in blue. There is a winding staircase going up the outside of the tower legs to the bowl at the top. Guelph, Ont., September 12, 2017—The City of Guelph is holding a design competition for the repainting of the Verney water tower, scheduled for 2018. The City is inviting Guelph-based artists and designers aged 18 and over to submit preliminary designs to be included in the repainting of the water tower near Exhibition Park.

“The Verney water tower is a highly visible Guelph landmark,” remarked Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism. “People can see this tower from Exhibition Park which hosts many events and is a very popular park, so it will be great to have beautiful artwork that reflects our community on the tower.”

The design competition will follow a two-stage process based on the Canadian Artists Representation’s guidelines for organizing art competitions. The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee will review preliminary submissions and narrow the selection down to three finalists who will be invited to develop and refine their design concepts for consideration. The winning design will be decided by an online community vote running November 6-19, with the winning artist or designer announced by December.

Artwork will be scored based on quality, creativity, technical feasibility and relevance to Guelph. The top three finalists will each receive a $250 honorarium, and the artist whose work is selected by the community will be awarded an additional $750 prize.

“This is a great way to involve the whole community in what is typically an operational project,” said Wayne Galliher, division manager of Water Services. “We’re excited to see the ideas people have to help make the tower into an eye-catching landmark.”

All submission information and design competition rules are available online at Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Media Contact

Stacey Dunnigan, Manager, Culture and Tourism
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2533