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New Hamilton public art project celebrates our health-care workers

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New Hamilton public art project celebrates our health-care workers

The City of Hamilton is looking for feedback from residents on a local artistic endeavour that will pay tribute to the community’s health-care workers.

In a press release sent Thursday (August 20), the City says the public art initiative is seeking to capitalize on the popularity of the Downtown Utility Box Wraps Public Art project last year.

“Artists were asked to propose vibrant, positive designs focused on celebrating the contributions of Hamilton’s health-care community in these challenging times,” the release said.

“Earlier this month, a volunteer jury of health-care workers, graphic designers and artists reviewed 92 artists’ submissions and have short-listed 20 designs for public input.”

And now, the rest is up to Hamiltonians to decide which pieces best honour the sacrifices and efforts of our front-line health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Up to 15 designs will be selected, the city says, and awarded $650 and installed on graffiti-resistant wraps this fall on select traffic signal boxes at the Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Charlton and West Fifth locations.

“This project provided the City with an opportunity to support artists and for artists to provide some joy and express our collective thanks to the health-care sector as we move through these difficult times,” said Carrie Brooks-Joiner, director Tourism and Culture Division, in the release.

The 20 shortlisted pieces are a vibrant and colourful collection depicting Hamilton and its health-care sector as well as offering messages of hope and resilience to members of the community.

Since 2010, the City has initiated a number of public art programs that have received over 600 artist proposals and consulted with over 8400 members of the public and awarded 53 public art commissions.

To get a look at the finalists and let the City know which are your favourites, visit the City of Hamilton’s website.

The deadline for the public to provide input on this latest initiative celebrating the health-care sector is Monday, September 7, 2020, and results will be posted to the project webpage later this summer.

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