LandMarks Public Art – dot CA

February 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm (art, public_art) ()

Three municipalities in the Capital Regional District (Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt) have created a new online resource called Landmarks: Public Art in the Capital Region, which Grania Litwin reviews in today’s Times-Colonist: Street art gets online home.

From the site:

The artworks contained in this website are the result of the public art programs of municipal councils in the capital region of greater Victoria that have adopted public art policies. It is the first time that all the municipally-owned works of public art are (virtually) accessible in one place. Public art in Oak Bay will be added in the near future. (source)

According to Litwin’s review, Oak Bay only has one piece to add, so it shouldn’t take long to augment the site…

Litwin quotes James Lam, the CRD Arts Development Office‘s Arts Manager, who points out that Victoria has 50 of the 80 works inventoried so far. Why the head-start? Victoria has a long-established arts policy and has many public buildings. But it also has a number of new developments, and many developers of these buildings contributed art as part of a public amenity package.

While launching the LandMarks website is not an event, strictly speaking, it’s entirely possible to use the site to construct walking tours of the public art in our municipalities, which is apparently also a long-term goal of this venture.

– Yule Heibel

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