Hamilton’s Claremont access will soon get an artistic facelift, and it won’t be at the hands of graffiti artists. The plan is to commission a mural to be painted on one of the walls of the access that faces Carter Park which is at the foot of the access road in the Stinson School area.

“The Carter Park art mural will represent a new beginning for our neighbourhood and we are very excited about it,” said Brian Goodman, president of the Stinson Community Association.

An open call to artists for the Carter Park mural is currently being prepared and will be released in this month. The mural will be located on the concrete wall of the Claremont access that is considered quite an eyesore in the area.

A report from the focus group for the project outlines the goals of the mural. The report states that, “The Claremont access does not contribute to the quality of the park and is seen as physically dividing the neighbourhood. Any art work should minimize (the Claremont Access’s) impact on the park.”

“The mural will be an immediate focus point, an attraction and will give life and meaning to that cold impersonal wall. In an underlying way it suggests pride, safety, and announces there is a wonderful community here,” said Goodman.

Carter Park had an open call for artists for the same project last year as well, but the mural was never completed. Artists complained about the having to pay the non-refundable fee of $64.99 online or $45.99 in person for the Request for Proposal documents. The review suggested that the fees be waived, and that the responsibility of the administration of the Public Art Acquisition process be turned over to the Tourism and Culture Division’s city staff.

For its part the city was not pleased either.“The jury didn’t feel they got the propositions they wanted,” said Ken Coit, the City of Hamilton’s Art in Public Places Coordinator.

There are currently two other art pubic art projects that are in the consultation stage for the city of Hamilton, including the Battlefield Park art competition. For Battlefield Park there are three propositions under a theme that interprets the outcomes of Battle of Stoney Creek and the War of 1812.

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