Hamilton artist Simon Frank will install a public art piece at Mountainside Recreation Centre for the City of Burlington, through its Public Art Program.
Frank was chosen by a community jury through the Public Art Program after the call for proposals produced a list of 32 submissions.
The jury, in a statement noted, “Frank has a well-established, contemporary art practice that examines the relationship between people and the natural environment. He was able to clearly communicate his understanding of the community that the public art will exist in.”
Frank, a poet, artist and rustic furniture-maker, will use community input, the design of Mountainside and the natural area to create his final plan. He will be on site this fall to explore the area and consult with the community as he begins the $25,000 project. Dates, times and locations for public input will be announced.
Simon Frank was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, but grew up in Dundas, Ont. Over the past 18 years, Frank has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Ontario, as well as exhibiting in special projects in Saskatoon, Italy and South Korea. He has received grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Frank has installed two permanent, public art works in Hamilton: “Island” at the Dominic Agostino Centre (2003) and “Concrete Poetry” on Locke Street (2011). He has also been a finalist in public art competitions in Waterloo and Surrey BC. Frank is a member of the Hamilton-based collective TH&B, which has produced site-specific projects in Hamilton, Kingston, Buffalo and New York.