WAG Announces Sculpture Garden Art Commission Finalists

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The Woodstock Art Gallery has selected four finalists for the city’s first public art commission for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden.

WOODSTOCK – The public is invited to provide input on the City of Woodstock’s first public art commission for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden in Florence Carlyle Park.

More than 20 artists submitted designs for the sculpture and artists David Bobier, Nicholas Crombach, Simon Frank and Patrick Thibert were shortlisted for the project following a provincial qualification call.

Art gallery curator Mary Reid says she wants to hear from the public about it.

“The park this will be located in is the new Florence Carlyle Park, so on the west side at the corner of Vansittart Avenue and Ingersoll Avenue. We want the public to step in and let us know which sculpture they are drawn to. and have a strong connection with.”

Reid says it’s no small feat to have a public art commission at Woodstock.

“This is an important milestone for the Town of Woodstock and for the Woodstock Art Gallery. Public art has the power to connect and create spaces of belonging. I am totally impressed with the caliber and quality of the artists’ submissions and look forward to receiving feedback from the community.”

Artist David Bobier:

“The thematic concepts of this commission appeal to me because they encompass the predominant qualities of a healthy and welcoming community. They speak directly to a more inclusive and progressive society and equality for all marginalized people.”

Artist Nicolas Crombatch:

“I am grateful for the opportunity to submit a proposal for a significant work of art for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden that will not only beautify the grounds, but also speak to the history and heritage of Woodstock.”

Artist Simon Frank:

“Both the setting and vision for the new Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden aligns perfectly with the type of outdoor works that are central to my artistic practice.”

Artist Patrick Thibert:

“It is with great pleasure and honor to have had the opportunity to submit a proposal for the inaugural sculpture of the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden.”

The goal is to have a decision in place by May and the sculpture completed by the fall.

You can find more details on the art gallery’s website and you can see photos of the proposed sculptures below.

(David Bobier, Caring Hands, 2022. Sculpture proposed for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden.)

(Nicholas Crombach, Wind Vane, 2022. Sculpture proposed for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden.)

(Simon Frank, Entrance, 2022. Sculpture proposed for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden.)

(Patrick Thibert, Through the Eye of the Viewer, 2022. Sculpture proposed for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden.)

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