International design competition launched to design new piece of public art to be built in downtown Halifax

    HALIFAX, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - The Planning & Design Centre, in partnership
with W. M. Fares Group, want to redefine and enhance public space in the
region. An international two-stage competition has been launched to create a
permanent piece of public art to be located in front of the new live/work
development called The Trillium, currently under construction in downtown
    The Planning & Design Centre is a collaborative, non-profit organisation
dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Halifax region by making
planning and design a more visible, inclusive, and vital aspect of our
everyday experience. The Centre increases awareness about current projects and
reports, provides forums for the exchange of ideas, both locally and globally,
and advances innovative propositions. To fully establish itself as a new
institution by Spring 2009, the Centre is securing a street-front space in
downtown Halifax as well as long-term private and public funding.
    The competition is open to everyone, and both individual and group
submissions will be accepted. Collaboration between disciplines is strongly
encouraged. Three semi-finalists will be selected in Stage One and receive
$1,000 each to further develop their ideas. The winner will receive $5,000 as
well as the commission for the installation of the piece. A diverse jury of
local artists, architects, planners, and community members will appraise
submissions according to the degree to which competitors address design
considerations, such as public engagement, urban context, movement, and local
    "I am happy to be working with some of these creative professionals,
members of the Planning and Design Centre, in developing the Halifax Regional
Municipality's first mandated public art in private development since the
adoption of the Public Art Policy," said Jamie MacLellan, HRM's Public Art
Facilitator. "It is my hope that the Trillium Project will be the first of
many opportunities of its kind, and that it marks the beginning of a period of
genuine collaboration and creative exchange in envisioning our municipality's

    Registration should be completed by February 27, 2009, however, late
registration will be considered. Submissions for Stage One are due March 27,
2009. A public exhibition of all the submissions will run from May 30 to June
14, 2009. The piece is expected to be installed by 2010.

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