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Public Art in Woodstock

Public art holds the power to tell our stories, celebrate our history, commemorate important events, provide unique attractions for citizens and visitors, as well as create spaces for engagement and the fostering of civic pride.

In 2017 the City of Woodstock introduced a Public Art Policy outlining the process and procedure for the selection, installation and maintenance of public art in/on municipally owned public space.

As part of the Cultural Services Department, the Woodstock Art Gallery plays a critical role in fostering the City’s public art collection.

Public Art Application Guide

The Woodstock Art Gallery has developed a guide to help artists understand the process of applying for a public art opportunity in the City of Woodstock.

The guide covers topics including calls to artists, the selection committee and process, budget, taxes, design development, materials and fabrication, subcontracting, permits, insurances, maintenance and conservation, etc.

Public Art Application Guide

Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden Commission

Artist and educator (Robert) Bruce Flowers passed away on September 10, 2018, and left the residual of his estate to the Woodstock Art Gallery with the provision that the funds be used “for the purpose of establishing an outside figurative sculpture garden.”

On August 12, 2021, Woodstock City Council approved the renaming of the west side of Vansittart Park (at Ingersoll Ave) to Florence Carlyle Park, with a portion of the park designated as the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden.

On September 12, 2021, the Woodstock Art Gallery launched the City of Woodstock’s first public art commission with a call for qualifications. The shortlisted artists from this call are David Bobier, Nicholas Crombach, Simon Frank and Patrick Thibert.

Each artist was asked to create a proposal for a public artwork to not only recognize the contributions of Bruce Flowers, but also speak to the change in attitude and acceptance towards members of the local LGBTQQIP2SAA community. The request also emphasized a contemporary response considering the human form to address one or more of the following thematic options as related to this concept:

  • Love & Acceptance
  • Mentoring & Teaching
  • Community & Connection

Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden Commission: Virtual Artist Talk:

David Bobier

Artist Bio

David Bobier is a hard of hearing and disabled identified media artist whose creative practice is researching and developing multi-sensory and vibrotactile technology as a creative medium. This work led to his establishment of VibraFusionLab, a creative multi-media, multi-sensory centre that has gained a reputation as a leader in accessibility for the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in Canada and internationally.

As a practicing artist his exhibition career includes 18 solo, over 30 group exhibition projects, three public art commissions and two current shortlisted commissions across Canada, in the United States and the UK. Bobier’s independent work as an artist and as Director of VibraFusionLab has received funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Grand NCE (National Centres of Excellence), Province of Quebec, British Council Canada, Farnham Maltings and the Canadian High Commission in the UK.

Bobier has served in advisory roles in developing Deaf and Disability Arts Equity programs for both Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council and was an invited participant in the Canada Council for the Arts — The Arts in a Digital World Summit and a panel presenter at the Global Disability Summit in London, UK.

Headshot of David Bobier

Proposed Sculpture: Caring Hands

"The thematic concepts of this commission are attractive to me as they encompass predominant qualities of a healthy and welcoming community. They speak directly to a more inclusive and progressive society and to an equality for all marginalized peoples. Working for much of my artistic career within the Deaf and disabled arts communities, my particular interest in this artist call draws from that experience and reinforces my ambitions to celebrate and showcase difference and diversity while also connecting with the general population."

Rendering of a sculpture of two folded hands in a park during the winter

Nicholas Crombach

Artist Bio

Nicholas Crombach is an artist currently working in Kingston, ON. Nicholas has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award and is the recipient of grants from the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

In 2017 Nicholas presented his solo exhibition, Behind Elegantly Carved Wooden Doors, at Art Mûr Montreal which received reviews in Border Crossings Magazine and Vie des Arts. His solo exhibition, The End of the Chase, travelled in 2018–2019, exhibiting at New Art Projects in London UK, Art Mûr Berlin and Art Mûr Montréal. In 2019 Nicholas produced an exhibition of collaborative works with artist Nurielle Stern entitled Whale Fall, presented at The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo (2019) and represented at Queens University’s Union Gallery in Kingston (2021).

Nicholas’ public art commissions include Billy, Nanny, and the Kids (2012), located in Burlington, ON; Every Slated Lot Has a Previous Story (2021) as part of Next Door, an exhibition of temporary public artworks; and Horse and Cart located in Victoria Park, Kingston. From 2016–2017 Nicholas participated in a year-long residency at The Florence Trust (London, UK) and has been invited to take part in a MASS MoCA residency (summer 2022) in Massachusetts.

Headshot of Nicholas Crombach

Proposed Sculpture: Wind Vane

"My intent for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden commission is to connect park visitors with local history and heritage, through the use of dramatic and familiar imagery, as well as to prompt them to reflect on our past, present and future relationship to technology and the environment. The proposed sculpture entitled Wind Vane, takes the form of a large arch with a youth perched on top, engaged in the difficult task of positioning a weathervane. The sculpture makes direct reference to Woodstock's rich agricultural heritage, and affirms our fundamental dependence on the earth and its systems — from the weather and soil, to the plants and organisms, to the farmers who work the land and the larger community sustained by them."

A model of this sculpture is on view in the Woodstock Art Gallery foyer.

Rendering of a bronze sculpture arch topped with a little boy holding a weather vain in a park

Simon Frank

Artist Bio

Simon Frank was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, but grew up in Dundas, ON.  Since completing his Honours BA in English at the University of Guelph in 1991, he has lived and worked in Hamilton.  Over the past 26 years, Frank has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, as well as exhibiting in special projects in Italy and South Korea.  His innovative landscape-based work employs a diverse range of approaches and materials to explore the complex and vital relationship between the natural world and human culture. Frank has received numerous grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Frank recently completed an integrated permanent public artwork entitled Watershed (2021), for the Pier 8 Waterfront development in Hamilton. Along with the new commission, Frank has previously installed four permanent public artworks and has been a finalist for several other public art commissions, including a project at the new George Harrison Woodland Walk in Liverpool.

Headshot of Simon Frank

Proposed Sculpture: Entrance

"I am proposing a new bronze sculpture entitled Entrance, for Woodstock’s Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden. Taking its inspiration from the site and drawing from both its natural and built environments — the trees in the park and the adjacent houses — Entrance will be a sculpture depicting two trees that have been shaped and trained to grow together into the form of an oversized doorway. Bronze-cast directly from two real trees, the sculpture will have a very realistic appearance and authentic texture, much like the many other trees in the park."

A model of this sculpture is on view in the Woodstock Art Gallery foyer.

Rendering of a two bronze trees forming a doorway in a park

Patrick Thibert

Artist Bio

Patrick Thibert was born in Windsor, ON, in 1943. He studied Chemical Technology at the Western Ontario Institute of Technology in Windsor, ON from 1961–1965. After working in the field of chemistry for three years he returned to school to study fine art towards a BFA. at the University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, 1968–1972. He continued his studies towards an MFA. at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, 1972–1974.

He taught fine art as a graduate student from 1973–1974. On his return to Windsor, he taught two-dimensional design and colour theory to interior design and theatre design students at St. Clair College of Applied Art and Technology, in Windsor, through the 1974–1975 academic year. From 1975– 2003 he taught sculpture at Fanshawe College of Applied Art and Technology in London, ON.

Patrick has worked mainly three dimensionally over the years. His work has moved from being abstract through the 1970s and late-1980s, to working with image based narrative work from late 1987– 2010. His narratives unfolded using symbols and metaphors. In 2011 Patrick began to re-examine abstraction. In developing his sculptures, Patrick has continuously combined and made use of a variety of materials and processes.

Headshot of Patrick Thibert

Proposed Sculpture: Through the Eye of the Viewer

"This sculpture is about memories. Everyone has memories associated with each of the three images that form the sculpture. The installation makes use of symbols and metaphors for the viewer to ponder. The tree as an image is being used by me as a symbol for nature. At different moments of the day the sun will shine on the vertical facing of the tall rectangular panel and illuminate the tree as the sunlight passes through the drill holes that define the stylized tree. Everyone has their own memories associated with a house. The house is being used by me in this sculpture as a metaphor for the mind. The profile is general enough as to allow the viewers’ memories to define their own associations with such an image."

A model of this sculpture is on view in the Woodstock Art Gallery foyer.

Rendering of a yellow sculpture with a silhouette of a man's face, a tree and a house in a park

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