A new public artwork entitled, “The Wilds of Kingston” by Canadian contemporary artist, Brandon Vickerd, has been permanently reinstalled at the corner of Princess and Division streets. The artwork was temporarily de-installed at the beginning of winter. “The Wilds of Kingston” consists of two bronze figures that use humour to challenge the perceptions of sculpture and how it functions. This public artwork was commissioned through the City’s Public Art Program.
“After a long winter, we’re excited to re-introduce Brandon’s dynamic sculptures as a permanent artwork in downtown Kingston,” says Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts, and Sector Development. “The installation invites reflection on the relationship between people, nature, and the urban environment and creates a new landmark in the area and asks people to think differently about what they see every day.”
This public artwork is part of The HUB Project, a multi-phase initiative designed to connect three neighbourhoods, including Williamsville, Sydenham, and King’s Town, through artful interventions designed to make the intersection of Princess and Division Streets, also known as “The Hub”, more welcoming and friendly for everyone. Learn more about “The Wilds of Kingston” and The HUB Project.
About the Artist
Brandon Vickerd is a Hamilton-based artist and Professor of Sculpture at York University, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. His public artworks are exhibited across Canada in Ottawa, Calgary, Waterloo, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, and Edmonton. Vickerd’s sculptural work straddles the line between high and low culture and combines craftsmanship with spectacle and humor to provoke a response and question Western world views, traditions, and ways of thinking.
About the City’s Public Art Program
The City’s Public Art Program supports the creation of contemporary public art by emerging and established artists through commissions and artist collaborations. The program produces art for public spaces throughout the city, contributes to developing a vibrant public realm in Kingston, and enhances a sense of community across the city in the downtown, suburban, rural, and natural areas. Through the program, the City is committed to working with artists, residents and the public and private sectors in the ongoing development and implementation of public art projects to establish Kingston as a hub of creative placemaking that recognizes and builds on the City's diverse history, engages its community and inspires its future leaders.
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For more on public art in Kingston, see www.CityofKingston.ca/PublicArt.