Vote now for the new Verney water tower design

Community invited to vote on final two designs by local artists

Guelph, Ont., November 6, 2017—Starting today, Guelph residents can vote for one of two designs for the Verney water tower. Earlier this fall, the City of Guelph held a public competition for original artwork to be incorporated into the repainting of the water tower, near Exhibition Park, in spring 2018.

The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee reviewed all submissions for the competition and narrowed the selection down to three finalists who were invited to develop and refine their original concepts for the final vote. Late in this design refinement stage the City discovered that one of the finalists was ineligible, and their submission was pulled.

The two finalists in the running for the grand prize, by community vote, are  Haley Audet and Brandon Priebe. The online vote  runs November 6-19 at and the winner will be announced in December.

“We’re disappointed that we’ve had to remove one of the final three designs, especially this late in the process when we don’t have time to have another submission prepared,” says Jen Rafter, cultural program and event coordinator for the City. “However, we’re also excited to see what the community chooses. Public art is for the public’s enjoyment and interest, and we’re glad that the Guelph community is involved in both the competition and the final selection of the design.”

The Public Art Advisory Committee scored the entries based on quality, creativity, technical feasibility and relevance to Guelph. Each finalist will receive a $250 honorarium, and the artist whose work is selected by the community will be awarded an additional $750 prize. Artists will retain full copyright and ownership of the work they submit from concept to final winning selection.

“We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to enter a submission into the competition,” notes Rafter. “We had a diverse selection of entries from a variety of community members. This project has shown how much our residents care about their city.”

Guelph water towers are painted every fifteen years. During 2017 budget discussions about the repainting of the Verney water tower, staff were directed by Council to investigate the possibility of incorporating art into the repainting of the tower. City staff from Water Services, Corporate Communications and Culture and Tourism came together to deliver the project, which will enhance the 150-foot landmark. The new artwork will occupy the spaces on either side of the bowl of the tower where the name ‘Guelph’ is currently displayed.

Learn more about the finalists and cast your vote online until November 19 at Those without internet access are welcome to contact Jen Rafter to cast their vote at 519-822-1260 extension 2629.

Media contact

Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629