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Burlington Celebrating Diversity through Public Art

The City of Burlington has selected and installed four new public art pieces from diverse artists and an arts collective. Last spring, diverse artists were invited to submit their ideas to create installations in Burlington public spaces to celebrate Burlington’s diverse communities.

The City’s public art program supported these successful applicants and provided resources and staff support through the planning, installation and execution of the project. This included connecting to artists and fabricators, help with permits and permissions as well as general project support.  The selected artists, projects and locations are:

Poonam Sharma, Spring (Mural) Central Recreation Centre

Poonam Sharma mural Spring

Poonam Sharma is a Burlington resident, immigrant, woman of color and mother. She is a community animator who brings people together to engage in the creative process. She has painted more than 25 murals across the GTA and believes in working closely with community members. “A painting belongs to the artist however a mural belongs to the community.”

Noah Cecol, Cliffs to Gardens (Photography), Waterfront Parking Garage

Noah Cecol:Cliffs to Gardens, photography

Noah Cecol is a queer imaging artist, educator and equestrian from Burlington, Ont. Noah’s work features an appreciation for emotional lighting, powerful colour palettes and a lifelong love for animals and the outdoors. As he continues to explore his own artistic practice, Noah’s interests lie towards transformative relationships in his own life and a deep appreciation for the natural artwork produced by our Earth.

Hope Flynn, Birds of the World (Painting), Tansley Woods Recreation Centre

Hope Flynn: Birds of the world

Hope Flynn is an emerging Autistic visual artist. Hope graduated from OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in Drawing and Painting. Since graduating, Hope’s artwork has focused on the realism of animal paintings. She has received grant funding from Ontario Art Council and has sold over 400 custom animal paintings worldwide.

Teresa Seaton and John Highley, Making Roots (Mosaic glass), Maple Park Community Garden

John Highley & Teresa Seaton: Making Roots (mosaic glass)

John Highley and Teresa Seaton are two local accomplished glass artists who have worked together on group collaborations, gallery shows and exhibitions since 2010. They have achieved national success with an exhibition at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. John specializes in detailed and intricate mosaic glass designs while Teresa’s uniquely sculptural copper foiled glass is an artistic trademark. Together they have embarked on a more conceptual large-scale direction of work that utilizes both their strengths.

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