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Friday guided tour to be led by artist

The artist behind the first artworks to be commissioned through the city’s public art policy will lead a guided walking tour and tell stories about the four sculptures on Friday evening.

Members of the public can meet Canadian artist Ted Fullerton to celebrate the completion of the Civic Precinct art project, a news release said. A short reception at city hall at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 will be followed by the guided tour.

Fullerton’s artworks – Birds of a Feather, A Bird in Hand, Bird/Watching, and Perch – were installed last month and unite City Hall, Market Square, Guelph Central Station and the Guelph Farmers’ Market building, the release said.

The sculptures establish a sightline for people along Carden Street.

The $150,000 budget for the art project was approved by city council through the 2013 capital budget process. The public art committee, a subcommittee of the city’s cultural advisory committee, coordinated the project.

Fullerton is an award-winning artist who works in contemporary painting, printmaking and sculpture.

He has exhibited his work in Canada, England, Australia and parts of Europe. Locally, his work can be seen at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre’s sculpture park and at a municipal parking garage in downtown Kitchener at the corner of Benton and Charles streets.

The Tottenham resident is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art.

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