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Public art downtown

Georgian College / Doug Crawford

Ted Fullerton in a painting class at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College in 2012.

Sculptor chosen for installations in downtown

This summer, Guelph’s downtown will be getting a series of new public sculptures by Canadian artist Ted Fullerton.
“This is an exciting addition to the city’s public art collection,” public art committee chair Sally Wismer said in a news release.
Fullerton was commissioned earlier this month to create four sculptures for the space bordered by Wilson, Carden and Farquhar streets, referred to as Guelph’s civic precinct.
He was one of three artists shortlisted for the project from the 16 applications that were received in response to a request from the city last summer. These three artists were asked to submit formal proposals, and Fullerton’s ultimately won out.
“Ted’s sculptures will create a playful link between the various areas of the civic precinct and contribute significantly to the animation of this space,” said Wismer.
The four sculptures will be called Birds of a Feather, A Bird in Hand, Bird/Watching, and Perch. They will establish a sightline for individuals to engage with the installation as they move along Carden Street, the release said.
The total budget for the project is $150,000 – money that was approved by city council through the 2013 capital budget process, it said.
The installation is the first piece to be commissioned through the city’s new public art policy, and is being co-ordinated by the public art committee, a subcommittee of the city’s cultural advisory committee.
Installation is expected to be completed by July.
Other works by Fullerton can be seen at the parking garage at Benton and Charles Street in downtown Kitchener and at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre’s sculpture park.

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