Councillor wants process for art

An Enderby politician wants some ground rules before public art pops up in the community

An Enderby politician wants some ground rules before public art pops up in the community.

Coun. Shawn Shishido says the city needs to establish a formal process for groups wanting to develop public art, including whether it is something the city wants and where it should be located.

“Is is consistent with the vision of the community?” he said.

“We don’t want to end up with a hodge-podge of stuff but a more cohesive vision.”

The issue arose after Grindrod-based Runaway Moon Theatre presented city council with a model for a calendar art project.

The structure would be about seven feet tall, with a concrete base that is 10-feet-by-10-feet.

It was originally proposed that the statue would go by the chamber of commerce office. However, Shishido says there are some concerns about that location.

“We use that area for particular community events and it’s a fairly large piece of art,” he said.

“There are concerns about esthetics and does it accommodate other users? There may be other more appropriate places for the art.”

Runaway Moon’s concept is for a cylindrical structure, with seven sections that can be rotated independently by the viewer.

“It will be created by professional builders and community members led by Runaway Moon,” said Cathy Stubington, theatre spokesperson, in a recent interview.

 

“Each of these wheels depicts the seasonal order of events in nature that take place here: the arrivals and departures of birds, events in the annual cycles of trees, food production, tools used by people at different times of year, the cycle of fish in the river, and water levels.”