Public Art Program

Culture & Events cares for a number of Public Art projects and activities. Our listing of projects can be found in the Public Art Inventory. Recent projects include:

Harewood Skatepark

Bowen Creatures Art Project

In addition to the regular commission of new works, artists are invited to submit proposals for public art through an open call. Submissions are reviewed by a selection committee, and successful artworks are installed in City parks and public spaces for temporary placement.

Temporary public art for Nanaimo in 2020

Joy of Life by Joanne Helm
Made of bronze, this sculpture is a portrait of the artist’s beloved companion, called Krispy, who was a champion Standard Wire Dachshund. Of this artwork Helm says, “I wanted to illustrate her joy.” Located on the sculpture wall at Maffeo Sutton Park.

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.

Jardinière by Deryk & Samuel Houston
Made by a father and son team, this mixed-media artwork is light and airy vessel, holding blue glass flowers. Located at Maffeo Sutton Park. Photo by Samuel Houston.


Our Common Ancestor by Maggie Wouterloot

Our Common Ancestor by Maggie Wouterloot
A playful meditation on evolution, this sculpture combines elements of the human body with that of a fish. About this work, the artist says, “it celebrates  the great biodiversity of species on the planet.” Located at Maffeo Sutton Park.

History Needs a Rewrite by Maggie Wouterloot

History Needs a Rewrite by Maggie Wouterloot
In her work, the artist questions how the narratives of history have been interpreted & pays homage to  the inventiveness, determination & creativity of our ancient ancestors. Located on the sculpture wall at Maffeo Sutton Park.

The Laughing Fossil by Steve Milroy

The Laughing Fossil by Steve Milroy
This work explores the artist’s feelings on aging—he compares himself to a fossil. Look from one angle & the forms resemble old bone; look from another angle & see a good-natured face laughing. Turn this work gently & see another perspective. Located on the sculpture wall at Maffeo Sutton Park.

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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.


Out From Out Where: Beyond Liminality - Bryan Faubert

Out From Out Where: Beyond Liminality by Bryan Faubert
Using expressive line, and combining an interest in street art with the concept of automatism, the artist explores ideas of the transitory and transformation, using a plasma torch to render figures on this steel archway. Located in McGregor Park across from the Port Theatre.

How to submit your proposal

The call for 2020 Public Art proposals closed (2019-OCT-21). Calls for proposals for the next Public Art opportunity are yet to be announced. Check back here for details on our 2021 intake.

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Last updated: February 1, 2021

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