Parkade public art installation to start
Three of the seven panels for the public art along the south face of the expanded Library Parkade will be installed this Thursday, Dec. 21, with the remaining sections to be installed in the new year.
“The Valley” by British Columbian artists Ron Hart and Michael Fugeta is an abstraction of the Okanagan landscape made up of cross-sections of topography stretching over 200 kms from Osoyoos to Enderby.
The geographical cross-sections were digitally fabricated into metal fins and are in the process of being installed on the facade of the building. The overall piece will be experienced differently by passing motorists, pedestrians below and by those inside the parkade.
The piece will cost approximately $135,000, and uses two facades of the new parkade addition to provide a large-scale public art installation in the Cultural District.
Motorists should expect a temporary change in traffic pattern and a modified entrance and exit to the Library Parkade at Ellis Street where installation equipment will be working. Please obey signage and safety personnel while this work is underway.
Public art is a key component in enhancing public spaces so they are both engaging and inclusive, but also foster a sense of place and an emotional attachment to Kelowna’s urban environment. The City of Kelowna Public Art Program was established in 1997 and has more than 60 installations ranging from murals and banners to sculptures and works integrated into local streetscapes.
Michael Fugeta has studied and worked in the field of art and architecture for more than 12 years. He lived in Kelowna for five years and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2005.
Ron Hart has worked in the field of art and architecture for the past 7 years, designing and facilitating the construction of everything from small scale art gallery exhibits to commercial and civic buildings.
Ron and Michael have worked together on many projects exploring their shared interest of digital fabrication and unique material uses. They have an ongoing attachment to the Okanagan Valley that is reflected in their completed or ongoing projects in our community.