About the Winning Mural: Artist Vivian Rosas’ mural meets the competition’s goals to: celebrate the local geographic environment and HPL’s commitment to sustainability.
The mural is vibrant, full of local nature and has a feeling of discovery. It represents diverse members of the community, physical activity and promotes a healthy relationship with nature. It exemplifies a commitment to sustainability, welcomes all members of the community and has a strong visual impact from a distance and up close.
About Artist Vivian Rosas: Vivian Rosas is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary illustrator, dancer, and muralist. Her work explores empowerment and diversity.
“I hope my mural will greet the community with a positive and uplifting energy as they arrive at the new Valley Park Branch and that it will continue to inspire the exploration of its vibrant natural surroundings.”
Details: 28 artists submissions Six contenders on the shortlist 338 votes cast by public Aug 25-Sep 8
Guiliana Casimirri, Hamilton-Wentworth Green Venture
Tracey-Mae Chambers, Artist
Penny Gumbert, Local resident
Drew Hauser, Director, mcCallumSather
Shelly Hill, Urban Indigenous Strategy Hamilton
Kathy Lacasse, Heritage Green Community Trust
Jasmine Lazdins, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Adam McCaughan, Architect, mcCallumSather
Ania Van Minnen, Hamilton Public Library, Manager of Valley Park
Nick Van Velzen, Hamilton Public Library Board of Directors, Chair
Brad Walker, City of Hamilton, Manager of District Operations
Advisors to the Jury:
Lorie Lee, Senior Leadership Support Manager
Nancy McPhee, Hamilton Public Library, Community Librarian
Dawna Wark, Director of Public Services – Branches
Public art is important in our shared community spaces. The project is a celebrating of the local community and its natural spaces.
A selection committee of stakeholders, artists and community members rates and evaluates the submitted work based on preset criteria. The names of the jurors will be released after the selected artwork is announced.
The Stage 1 deadline was extended to June 25, 2021. A shortlist of Stage 1 artists is selected to proceed to Stage 2 of the competition. Six submissions were chosen for the shortlist in Stage 2. The Stage 2 deadline was August 17, 2021. Completed submissions in Stage 2 receive $500. The winning submission receives $5,000.
Artists or artist-led teams. Youth can participate if a parent or guardian signs on their behalf.
Public consultations run Aug 25-Sep 8. Share your opinion online at hpl.ca/public-art or at any of HPL's 23 branches. The winning submission is announced in Fall 2021.
Branch construction is expected to be completed Fall 2021-Spring 2022. We hope to unveil the exterior mural at the Spring 2022 grand opening celebration.
Funding for this art call is allocated in the renovation budget of the new Valley Park Branch. The estimated cost is $30,000.
Public consultations will be online, and if pandemic restrictions ease, also in-branch to allow the community a say in the winning artwork.
To avoid conflicts of interests, HPL Staff and City employees can’t participate in this call for entries.
The final artwork is fabricated on recycled aluminum panels. Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy, generates 95% fewer emissions and creates 97% less water pollution than manufacturing primary aluminum.