Article and images taken from the NewWestminsterLeader.com site, click here to see the article on their website. Article written by Grant Granger - New Westminster News Leader. Published: February 10, 2011 1:00 PM
Greg Magirescu, New Westminster’s manager of arts and culture,
peers into one of the city’s works of public art, outside the public library.
Mary Wilson is an urban wanderer. She loves to explore and is delighted when she comes across public art in her travels. Every time she passes The Bull statue in downtown Vancouver she has to give it a hug. So when crews started ripping up 12th Street’s sidewalks a few years ago, she went to city hall to suggest they incorporate mosaics into them to brighten up the landscape. “We can’t do that. It’s a hazard,” was the reply.
Putting art in the plan
“It’s as subjective as whether someone likes red or blue.” Magirescu says the ideas for public art can be initiated in many ways. It can come from the city to help spruce up its projects, from the community (like Wilson), from a developer as part of a project’s density bonus agreement (like Aragon’s diver), from artists, or from bequeathed donations.
Diver Inverse, at the Quay
This clock in Moody Park is a recent addition to New Westminster’s
public art installations, courtesy of the local Rotary club
He also sees the city as a canvas because public art can adorn all sorts of things from benches to bicycle racks to garbage containers. For Mary Wilson, she couldn’t be more pleased to see the acceptance of public art in New Westminster bloom like flowers in the spring.