The Downtown Hamilton BIA has now installed 70 banners throughout the Downtown Hamilton BIA area. The goal of this project is to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with visual imagery representing Canada, what it means to be Canadian and the diverse works of Hamilton artists.
A jury was responsible for picking seven pieces from 39 fantastic submissions. Please read below the artists statements for the pieces and be sure to go out and take a look at the banners!
Amanda Brum – 150 Books
150 Books reflects the vibrancy and vitality of music, the arts,and academia that flourishes across our country. The plethora of brilliant minds, talent, and creativity in Canada gives a voice to our vast and varied culture, opens minds to new ideas, and creates a rich sense of community.
Amanda Immurs – Making a Wish
Children are a reoccurring subject in many of my paintings. I find the curiosity and wonder of children as they engage with the world fascinating. There is something magical about capturing timeless youth. I grew up in Hamilton and made many wishes for the life I would build here over the years.
Colleen O’Hara – Portrait of Joseph Brant
I wanted to pay homage to our native past, and celebrate this proud and heroic man.
Deb Mack – Walkway to the Jolley Cut
Content: The setting sun, a winter storm & a walkway off Concession St.
Concept: The fresh, heavy snow was falling so I headed out to take photos. I came to the entrance of the walkway just as the sun was setting. Big snowflakes, amber lights glowing, a soft colour palette painted the snow, the likes of a Thomas Kincade painting.
Janice Ykema – Together Canada
Working together is what makes Canada Great regardless of Age, Race or station. Its the *WE* that makes Canada great, represented by the Maple Leaf.
Steven Twigg – Canada’s $1.50
Every single day, millions of Canadians will come together and exchange one thing: money. Our coins in particular are interesting in facilitating trades that are most often face to face. They are ubiquitous objects, which in this digital age of credit cards and e-transfers, may remind us of where we’ve come from and
who we are as a nation. This piece is a clever play on Canada’s 150th, and puts a fun visual twist on the great Canadian landscape and wildlife that have inspired the faces of our coins.
The Haus of Bellefleur – Rise
We come into this world with a magnificent purpose, we endure, we are defeated but here we Rise. This painting includes geometrical shapes, the building blocks of love.