Many people say that art is in the eye of the beholder. Some would have a similar view on the display area of the art.

The City of Barrie and the Barrie Public Art Committee have launched a summer-long public art exhibition. Art in Unexpected Places, presented by Pratt Homes, features temporary public art pieces that celebrate our local and national history and showcase the work of contemporary Canadian artists in honour of Canada 150.

The Art in Unexpected Places launch took place June 30 at the Barrie Transit Downtown Terminal (24 Maple Ave.). Residents came out to view one of the first installations — Soapbox by Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg.  Other installations in the downtown include:

  • Blue Shore by Nicolas Sassoon outside Tyger Shark office (93 Dunlop St. E.)
  • Rabbit by Ryan Park (9 Clapperton St.)
  • Quadriga (variant) by Max Streicher coming to the Mady Centre for Performing Arts (1 Dunlop St. W.) on August 18
  • Limelight by Sans Façon coming to a surprise location in downtown Barrie on September 1

All installations will be up until September 4, 2017.

The city is offering art walks of these installations, each from a different perspective (curatorial, tourism and heritage), or you can pick up a map and take a self-guided tour. Maps are available at barrie.ca/publicart and in the following locations: City Hall (70 Collier Street), Mady Centre for Performing Arts (1 Dunlop St. W.), Tourism Barrie (205 Lakeshore Dr.) and Creative Economy – Culture Branch (56 Mulcaster St.).

For more information about the public art installations, walking tours and Canada 150 initiatives, visit barrie.ca/events. Art in Unexpected Places is made possible with support from the Government of Ontario, Pratt Homes, Tyger Shark and the Downtown Barrie Business Association.

Photo: Quadriga by Max Streicher