Centennial Square ceremony, 3/27

March 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm (open house, public_art) (, )

The City of Victoria hosts a ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow morning, Friday March 27, at Centennial Square, to mark the construction of that public gathering place’s “Spirit Square.”

Designed to make Centennial Square more inviting to the general public and increase opportunities for celebrations and events, Victoria’s Spirit Square will include a canopied turn-key performance stage and infrastructure to host small and medium size performances as well as markets, a drinking water feature in the shape of a First Nations inspired ladle, and a sustainable garden of native species. The project is an important step in the City’s overall plan to rejuvenate the north end of downtown.

What: Victoria’s Spirit Square Groundbreaking Ceremony

When: Friday, March 27, 2009, from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Centennial Square next to City Hall archway

A reception will follow in the City Hall Antechamber, where design drawings and a model of Victoria’s Spirit Square will be on display. Joe Daly, the landscape architect for the project, will be available for interviews.

Years ago, Cormorant Creek ran through what is now Centennial Square and served as a water source for the traditional Songhees community. Two Spirit Poles designed and carved by Salish Coast artist, Butch Dick and his son Clarence, will serve as a gateway into the Square and highlight the historical contributions of the Songhees and Esquimalt people.

From the City’s own website, see this press release (PDF) for the full text – or much, much better yet, read it without having to bother opening a PDF by surfing over to Ginger Snap’s post on  Vibrant Victoria’s forum.


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