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December 21, 2006
Public art competition releases short list of designs for utility hole covers for new streets in Regent Park
Two hundred and seventy-five people submitted nearly 600 designs to the Grounds For Art public art competition and today the short list of design proposals were released for viewing on the City of Toronto Culture website,

The winning design from each of the three categories (sanitary, storm sewer, water valve) will be used to create custom-made utility hole covers that will decorate the new streets of Regent Park. The winning designs will be announced January 16, 2007 as part of a special exhibition of all 30 short listed proposals. The exhibition will run from January 16 to 21, 2007 at the Toronto Free Gallery, located at 660 Queen St. E. Each of the winning designers will receive a cash prize of $1,800.

The short list and winning designs are chosen by a selection panel convened especially for this project and made up of independent art and design professionals, and representatives from Regent Park. The selection panel members are Catherine Goulet (Executive Director, Regent Park Neighbourhood Initiative), Adonis Huggins (Director, Regent Park Focus), Luis Jacob (artist), Paola Poletto (Senior Director of Programs, Design Exchange) and Nigel Smith (Partner, HahnSmith Design).

Toronto’s streets are adorned with thousands of iron disks that go largely unnoticed but are an essential part of a functioning city - discrete portals between the city we live and work in and the working city. Custom-designed utility hole covers will transform these functional covers into public works of art, enhancing the character and vibrancy of public spaces for both people who live and work in the city.

City of Toronto Culture staff develop public art projects with the advice of the Art Committee for Public Places. Grounds For Art was developed in consultation with Regent Park Neighbourhood Initiative and will be implemented in co-operation with Toronto Community Housing.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Toronto Culture Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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