Public art plays an important role in building community, promoting dialogue and fostering a sense of belonging. From July 1 and throughout summer, residents are invited to engage, explore and be inspired by Oakville's temporary public art projects in our local parks.
Scroll through the gallery of images that follows for a sneak peek or virtual tour. Click on the tabs after that for artist bios, etc.
Painted picnic tables.
This installation of six painted picnic tables represents sustainable lifestyle changes inspiring visitors to adopt these habits and share actions taken to move towards a more sustainable future. The artwork presents actionable changes that everyone can adopt to protect our environment for future generations.
Engage with this project by visiting heatherthomsonart.ca/MAO or searching @MinorAlterations on Instagram.
Thomson's practice combines her passion for history and her desire to use a visual language. She feels conversations about the past can inspire us to reflect on the present and question our values. Environmentalism and climate change are important issues to Thomson and her artwork.
Thomson lives in Oakville and was an art instructor at Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph (2017) and was awarded the Don Phillips Scholarship at Open Studio, Toronto (2017-18).Visit the artist's website
Aerosol paint, acrylic paint, canvas, plywood, and plexiglass with augmented reality on Instagram.
This painted mural incorporates the construction wall along the Sixteen Mile Creek to tell a story about the land and the people that inhabit it. The artist created a mural out of construction materials to highlight the resilience of Indigenous culture. The artwork reveals a connection between people, animals and the land.
Hopkins’ recent work explores and utilizes new technology to tell his story and the stories of his people. His projects usually revolve around the themes of reconnection, spirit, and culture. These themes reflect the artist's values of teaching, health and diversity.
Quinn Hopkins is a 23-year-old multi-disciplinary Anishinaabe artist from Oakville. Although his ancestral roots are from Batchewana First Nation on Lake Superior, he grew up in Mississauga and Oakville, struggling to find his identity as an Indigenous person.
Hopkins considers his art practice as a “medicine that creates balance in his life and remedies his mental health struggles.”
He was recently featured on CBC for his innovative work using non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Hopkins is currently attending OCAD University for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.Visit the artist's website
Wood, plaster, mirror shards, super glue, caulking, resin and augmented reality (AR) at the tennis courts.
An Echo of Oakville is a multi-disciplinary installation that includes both physical and digital elements. The sculpture made from mirror shards fosters a space of self-reflection, compelling viewers to think more deeply about themselves and the spaces that surround them, specifically Oakville.
Alongside the sculpture, there are two AR sculptures painted in virtual reality located on each side of the tennis courts at Glen Abbey Park. This was done with assistance from Luigi Cody Nicastro. These pieces display the hidden histories of Oakville.
This sculpture was co-created with contributions received from community members sharing key words, places and feelings about Oakville. Those words were used to create one unified sculpture to capture these sentiments.
Nicastro is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and writer based in Oakville. In 2013, he moved to Oakville to pursue his Honours Bachelor of Arts through a joint program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto.Visit the artist's website
Upcycled plastic bag textile.
Using the Westwood Park Gazebo as the backdrop, the artist collected and up-cycled single-use plastic shopping bags into a new textile that she wove through the existing structure. Bags were donated from surrounding communities and individuals. The weaving intertwines the contributions made by community members and is a message of hope.
The art demonstrates that by working together, positive solutions and a strong community and future are possible. The intention is to repurpose this new plastic textile for other projects following this installation.
Billark questions our impact and relationship with the natural environment and conveys these thoughts through sculpture, site-specific installations, and performance-based work. She has exhibited her work across the GTA and the United States.
A Toronto based multi-disciplinary artist, Billark received an advanced Diploma in Crafts and Design from Sheridan College’s Oakville Campus (2011), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University (2016).
She has received a number of awards including the Climate Arts Award (2019) and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Ground Award (2017).Visit the artist's website
Video with audio (11 minutes, 9 seconds), sound, plywood arches. Video runs daily from 4 to 10 p.m.
This installation references ethnographic filmmaking and historical Persian architectural design to express ideas about connectivity between Iranian culture and Canadian identities. The video features footage taken in Isfahan, Iran on the Khaju and Allahverdi Khan bridges on the Zayanderud River.
The inclusion of an arched bridge acts as a metaphor for overcoming cultural distances, and for global international connectivity. The vignettes from the Isfahan’s arched bridges, depict how people socially connect and engage in a public place.
Shahrzad Amin is an Iranian-Canadian interdisciplinary artist based in Oakville. She examines diasporic and socio-cultural subjectivities through the lens of art making, sensory ethnographic filmmaking, architectural design, and language.
Her interest in fundamental social issues such as democracy, human rights, equality, and migration informs her practice. For the artist, this multimedia installation is a way to connect residents in her new homeland in Oakville with residents from her birthplace in Iran.
Shahrzad obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tehran University of Art in 2010 and a Master of Fine Arts from OCAD University in 2020.Link to the artist's website.
Acrylic paint, disposable non-surgical face masks.
This painting installation transforms the shed into a fantastical landscape. The artwork is inspired by the Ragamala paintings, from the South Asian tradition of miniature painting and conveys a festive mood with the message of hope, care and love.
For this project, the artist invited residents of Oakville and beyond to collaborate by sending their used masks to be added into the artwork, as well as their personal narratives to share on the project's website, reflecting on their experience during the pandemic, their challenges, resilience and inspirations. Immerse yourself in this setting, take a selfie, and share it #hopeisthethingwithfeathers.
Tazeen Qayyum is a contemporary artist living and working in Oakville whose artwork has been exhibited around the world. Her practice is conceptually-driven, socially engaging and critically examines the relationships between art and observation of her lived experience.
Primarily trained as a miniature painter of the South Asian and Persian tradition, she continues to explore new materials and processes through mediums such as drawing, installation, sculpture, video and performance.
Tazeen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan in 1996. She was nominated for the Jameel Prize (2013) and K.M. Hunter Award (2014) and received the Excellence in Art Award by Canadian Community Arts Initiative (2015).Visit the artist's website
Drawing on a wood bench.
In this work, Hannah uses the technique of pyrography, also known as wood burning, to illustrate the plants and animals found in the surrounding Pondview Pond park area.
The artist states “during these challenging times, I wanted to create something that would inspire others and provide a moment of observation to the elements of nature that we often overlook.
"Frequenting this park on walks and bicycle rides, I’ve found many moments of tranquility here. This bench is in a prime location of the park; a front row seat to the undisturbed nature that surrounds you.”
Share a photo of yourself sitting on this bench using #PondviewBench
Hannah Veiga is a multidisciplinary artist and graduate of the University of Waterloo Honours Fine Arts program.
She works in various methods of making but is primarily interested in the processes of pyrography, printmaking, and sculpture.Visit the artist's website