THE ART OF PLACEMAKING
As part of our vision and commitment to transform Mississauga’s waterfront, and in collaboration with Artscape, we are bringing a group of artists together to create a new series of public art to animate the site and the future Discovery Centre.
This program builds on the initial phase of the LCPL-Artscape partnership launched in 2020 with the hoarding artworks and sculptural centrepiece. This newest phase kicked off with the Discovery Sculpture Project, led by artist collective Studio F Minus.
DISCOVER THE NEW SCULPTURE
LCPL and Artscape are thrilled to announce that art collective Studio F Minus has been selected for the sculpture project. Inspired by the site’s history and its connection to nature and the waterfront, this sculpture “takes natural phenomena — wind — as input, and gives it a built form.”
The artist collective will also mentor two up-and-coming creators and local artists who want to move into the sculptural field and will work closely alongside Studio F Minus throughout the sculpture development process through a four-month paid mentorship. Learn More.
THE HOARDING CANVAS
In 2020, over 1,600 linear feet of construction hoarding was transformed by the artwork of 14 muralists, 2 visual artists, 1 sculpturist, 1 painter, and 1 poet. The artist-based initiative, a collaboration with Artscape Atelier, delivered $100,000 in paid work opportunities for 19 artists during a pandemic, while creating an outdoor space for the community to experience and engage with art safely.
2020 HOARDING ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS
Guided by the theme of reconnection with nature and water, several artists created original art that honour the waterfront, pay homage to the site’s historical roots, and provide messages of hope and healing during the COVID-19 pandemic. These works of art aimed to animate the site and bring safe public art experiences for the community to the site at Lakeview Village.
- Nineteen artists were selected through a public call process, as well as commissioned based on expertise. Three public calls were released for artists to submit concepts based on the available opportunities at the Lakeview Village site, including: a ‘flipbook’ experience for the construction hoarding, 14 murals along the sunflower field, and a sculpture.
- The selection process included a diverse jury to select artists for the construction hoarding and sculpture, including the following: an artist/technical expert, a member of the Mississauga artist community, a conservation and environmental advocate, a member from the Artscape team, and a member from LCPL.
- Applicants were shortlisted, and each shortlist application was reviewed by the jury to discuss the strength of the proposal, the narrative and its connection to the history and vision for the site, and the impact of the work on bringing the community together. A key filter was to ensure the artwork allows communities to feel seen and heard as well as deliver a sense of belonging, awe and wonder.
- The final mural selection was led by Artscape, and supported by a range of artistically-practiced Artscape staff. Muralists were shortlisted, with selection considerations incorporating the inclusion of Mississauga-based artists (totalling 7), as well as artists of diverse styles and backgrounds.