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2016 News and Information

Write the past, view the present and sculpt the future along the construction fencing at the Minoru Complex site

15 July 2016

Minoru FencingTake part in a community based public art workshop this summer and your work could be displayed along the construction fencing surrounding the Minoru Complex.  Residents and visitors are invited to drop-in to one or all of more than a dozen free workshops that will take place at various locations and are suitable for all ages and skill levels. Visit http://yourminoru.ca/about/public-art/ for the workshop schedules.

The Minoru Complex is a new 110,000 square foot multipurpose facility that will house aquatic and fitness services, seniors services and multipurpose and support spaces for field sport and park users. Construction of the facility is scheduled for completion in 2017.

The first phase of this public art project that encompasses the theme of “Past, Present and Future” has been installed at the midway point of the construction site fencing or “hoarding” on the east side of the Minoru Complex construction site. Visitors to Minoru Park can now take a peek at the construction progress through viewing holes in a section of the construction fencing surrounding the site.  
For the second phase of the project, two artists have been selected to implement community public art projects through a series of free hands-on workshops being offered in July and August.

What's your Minoru story?
Responding to the theme of “Past,” Richmond-based multidisciplinary artist Caroline Elise Dyck will lead drop-in workshops where participants will learn to share their memories about the Minoru Civic Precinct in just six words. These “micro-memoirs”, along with related image ideas collected from the community, will be interpreted into a series of colourful text-based compositions and displayed on banners along 200 linear feet of the Minoru Complex construction hoarding.

Modeling the Future
Responding to the theme of “Future,” artist Rhonda Weppler will lead a series of hands-on workshops where community members will sculpt objects, portraits or figures to represent activities that are anticipated to take place in and around the new Minoru Complex. Workshops will feature a variety of themes, materials and techniques as participants are invited to sculpt their own soccer legs, tiny pool toys and sneakers out of clay or use edible fondant to cast a sculpture from a custom silicone mould, among many other options. Sculptures will be selected and photographed by the artist to be displayed on mesh banners along 200 linear feet of the Minoru Complex construction hoarding.

The final artworks will be printed on mesh banners to be displayed on 400 linear feet of construction hoarding, located along the east perimeter of the Minoru Complex development site facing the Minoru track. The artworks will be unveiled during Richmond’s Culture Days weekend, September 30, October 1and 2 and will be on display for the duration of the Minoru Complex construction phase.
For further information on the Public Art Program visit www.richmond.ca/publicart or contact publicart@richmond.ca.