6 area artists have been shortlisted to provide public art at the new West Harbour GO station. Now the public will get a chance to offer their opinions on the work. This public art project was initiated by and is partly funded by Metrolinx.

A jury of volunteer citizens, stakeholders and artists reviewed 34 artist submissions for a new permanent public art work to be installed in the plaza of the GO Station, The jury short-listed six artist proposals for public consultation. Before the winning proposal is selected, the City of Hamilton is seeking public feedback.

Members of the public can learn more about the goal and themes for the project, review the artists’ proposals, select their preferred proposal and provide comments via the City website at www.hamilton.ca/publicart by October 9, 2015 (please select the West Harbour GO Station link).

Proposals may be reviewed and comments can be provided in person at: Tourism Hamilton Information Centre, 28 James St. N. (The Lister Building), during regular hours, until October 9, 2015.

Comments collected will be provided to the citizen jury to be considered among other criteria such as artistic excellence, response to context, and technical issues in their determination of the winning proposal. These comments and a Jury Report will also be posted to the project webpage.

The winning artist will receive $75,000 for the fabrication of their work and delivery to the site.

John Best has had a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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