A winner has been crowned.
The volunteer citizen jury selected the artist-led, “Team Make” as the winner of the beacon and gate public art project for their submission, WoodGate.
The winning team will receive $115,000 for the design and fabrication of their artwork. Installation is expected to be completed at the entrance of the King William district by the summer of 2021.
“This project will help aid the recovery of the downtown by providing a landmark for the dynamic King William Street district and by allowing us the flexibility to easily open the street to dining and other outdoor programming,” said Kerry Jarvi, Executive Director of the Downtown Hamilton BIA.
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Selected from six short-listed proposals, as well as 264 comments received through public consultation, jurors felt the winning art submission “best met the project criteria of artistic excellence, technical feasibility, and appropriateness for Hamilton’s dynamic and evolving King William district”.
According to the official announcement by the City, “jurors also felt that the use of engineered wood and unique design resembling a tall tree trunk embodied a connection to nature, symbolizing evolution and growth and will bring a unique warmth to the street”.
“The goal of this art initiative is to celebrate the evolving character of this area day and night while supporting local business in their efforts as they provide events and on-street dining,” according to the City of Hamilton.
“To encourage residents and visitors to enjoy this area, the project will replace an existing light standard and incorporate a retractable street closure feature or gate to allow for the temporary closure of King William Street to vehicles during events.”
This project is funded in part by the contributions of local developers working in the Downtown Hamilton Community Improvement Area to the Downtown Hamilton Public Art Reserve.