The City of Pickering is seeking expressions of interest from Canadian artists for a permanent outdoor public artwork, to be located at Millpond Meadow at Pickering Museum Village, and will reflect the surrounding industry and ecology.

Pickering Museum Village is envisioned as a community hub where people come together to learn, share stories, and build relationships through progressive, fun, and vibrant experiences. This public art piece is intended to reflect the natural beauty and vibrancy of the meadow and surrounding area and celebrate the history of the City of Pickering.

The Pickering Museum Village is located in the heart of Greenwood. Nineteenth century Greenwood was a bustling community boasting many businesses and prominent residents. At the center of the community was the Greenwood Blacksmith Shop. Local businesses, industries and residents relied on the dedicated tradesmen working in the shop to supply and repair essential tools and equipment for their homes and businesses.

Millpond Meadow will also become the home of a new, stone amphitheater. The location will create a meeting and gathering space surrounded by Millpond Meadow. Millpond Meadow is located adjacent to Duffin’s Creek alongside the Greenwood Conservation Area. The waterway supports a diverse ecosystem, including salmon, and in the past was a site that supported the historic mill, that used to stand where the “Millpond Meadow’ is now located.

“We are so excited to welcome public art at the museum. The amphitheater and public artwork will create a fantastic place for people to gather, learn and play on the museum grounds.  The public art piece will blend industry and the natural environment and become the focal point of the Millpond Meadow” says Ellen Tayles, Curator at Pickering Museum Village.

The call for submissions is currently open and closes on November 7, 2022. For more information on how to apply, visit the City of Pickering’s Public Art webpage.

The project is funded and supported by the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative and Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Legacy Fund.

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