News Release: November 1, 2018
First of its Kind Public Art Collaboration Between the Region of Peel and the City of Mississauga
BRAMPTON, ON – The Region of Peel and the City of Mississauga will be unveiling colourful and unique artwork in Mississauga’s downtown which has been installed on the construction fencing as part of the Burnhamthorpe Water Project. The fencing is the blue walls that protect the public during large construction projects.
“The Region understands that construction, although necessary, can cause communities to look messy during the process,” says Elvis Oliveira, Director of the Water Division for the Region of Peel. “We are pleased to work with the City to help the downtown core look brighter and for the community to have something interesting to see during the next two years of our infrastructure project.”
The artwork renderings will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 9 a.m. at Celebration Square. The artwork is located on the northeast side by the barricades at Duke of York and City Centre Drive across from the Mississauga Civic Centre (300 City Centre Drive) and also on Burnhamthorpe Road.
“Encouraging and supporting the integration of public art on construction fencing is a key action item in the City of Mississauga’s Public Art Master Plan,” says Paul Damaso, Director of Culture for the City of Mississauga. “The artwork created by Wenting Li reflects city building and municipal infrastructure as it relates to water and urban life in Mississauga’s growing and thriving downtown,” he added. “This innovative public art project showcases the benefits of partners working together to help beautify public spaces during long-term construction projects.”
The City of Mississauga’s Culture Division supported the partnership by leading the commission of artwork from The PATCH Project: Public Art Through Construction Hoarding. The PATCH Project is a social enterprise operated by the award-winning STEPS Initiative responsible for some of the largest and most innovative public art initiatives in Canada.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 766,000 residents and more than 86,000 businesses, including more than 72 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. For more information about the City of Mississauga visit mississauga.ca and follow @citymississauga on Twitter.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.4 million people and 173,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
Communications Specialist, Public Works
Region of Peel
905-791-7800 ext. 4635