Temporary Public Art Program

The Temporary Public Art Program offers artists of diverse backgrounds and skillsets the opportunity to create artwork for public spaces in Nanaimo. Artists can propose artworks that vary in scale, scope, and medium, including temporary sculptural installations, social practice and community engaged artist projects and artwork that is integrated into landscape, architecture or civic infrastructure.

The Temporary Public Art Program supports artists in the creation of new works, by providing necessary resources and staff support through the course of project development and realization.

Temporary Public Art 2022

Curtis Grahauer, stills from As far upriver as you can go before having to switch to a pole, 2018

Curtis Grahauer, Working title: Millstone (one year of a river) 
Grahauer will spend a year documenting the progressive transformation of the Millstone River as it courses through Bowen Park. With periodic updates, and interactive signage, the artist will share his filmmaking process throughout the year. A film screening in the Bowen Park Amphitheatre will take place at the conclusion of the project.

Jesse Gray, Scrap Figure, 2020

Jesse Gray, Chimes for the South End
This new sculpture work, to be located in Deverill Square Park, will use locally-collected plastic trash that will be cast into bronze chimes that can be activated by visitors. The process of creating the work will invite community participation in activities leading up to the fabrication and installation of the work. Once on view, the chimes can be activated as an interactive sound sculpture.


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Temporary public art 2021

SeaBed-PeterAchurch (2)

Sea Bed by Peter Achurch
Woven with marine rope & string collected at the shoreline, & on an armature made from a steel-spring mattress, discarded materials take centre-stage in this sculpture. As the artist says, they tell their own tales of work along our coast. Located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

Standing Figure #10 by Troy Moth

Standing Figure #10 by Troy Moth
Generations of the artist’s family worked in forestry on Vancouver Island. Now, Moth works primarily with salvaged wood to explore his own relationship to nature. He says this work is left raw because he sees the life of this material as vibrant & ongoing. The work of finishing the sculpture is left to the elements & to you as a viewer & thinker. Please enjoy this artwork from a distance. Located in the Old City Quarter.

Name Your Dog! by Joel A. Prévost

Hand-crafted of white stained concrete, this playful companion dog welcomes visitors to our park and invites imagination. The artist, Joel, wanted to create a sculpture that children would love to interact with. What would you name this dog? Located at Maffeo Sutton Park. Photo by Denise Tierney.

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Last updated: December 18, 2021

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