An illustration of the corner of wilson street and gordon facing City Hall. A pin point marks the spot where the art will go in the re-imagined space.

And then there were three!

Finalists have been selected for the Wilson Street art project

Guelph, Ont., February 21, 2018 – Three finalists out of 53 applicants have been chosen for the next stage of the Wilson Street art project; they are:

  • Brandon Vickerd of Hamilton, Ont.
  • Robert Cram Workshop (Robert Cram and Eldon Garnet) of Toronto, Ont.
  • Polymétis Projects (Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod) of Toronto, Ont.

One artist/team from the selected three will create an art piece for the corner of Wilson Street and Gordon Street just below the highly anticipated Wilson Street Parkade. The final art installation is a part of the Wilson Street reconstruction project.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to our call for artists and are thrilled with the final three selections,” says Stacey Dunnigan, Manager of culture and tourism. “Each of these candidates has an opportunity to change the face of a very popular entrance in to our downtown. We’re excited to see what each of them brings to the table.”

There are two final stages to complete in the process:

  1. In stage two, each artist or team will receive a $1,500 honorarium to develop a proposal, prepare a physical model and/or renderings of the artwork, provide a budget and timeline and attend an interview with the selection committee where they can present their work.
  2. In the third and final stage, the Wilson Street Selection Committee will recommend a finalist to the City’s Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee. This committee will decide whether or not to accept the project.

For details about the selected candidates, the selection process or the Wilson Street Selection Committee, please visit guelph.ca/wilsonart.

About the Wilson Street Reconstruction Project

The Wilson Street reconstruction project includes the road and streetscape upgrades on Wilson Street from Gordon Street to Macdonell Street, the Wilson Street parkade construction and the replacement of the Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge. The Wilson Street art project will be installed at the foot of Wilson Street as it intersects Gordon Street.

Media Contact

Stacey Dunnigan, Manager, Culture and Tourism
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2533
stacey.dunnigan@guelph.ca