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Posted: February 12, 2020

City continues efforts on adding to public art

City of Cranbrook council recently chose local artist Ron Demaniuk as the successful artist to create a permanent sculpture at Harmony Park.

Harmony Park is located on the southeast side of Highway 3/95, between 1st Street South and 5th Avenue South.

In 2019, the city received funding through the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Public Art Grants, to purchase a piece of permanent art for Harmony Park. The grant program funded $30,000 towards the project, with the remaining $7500 a combination of city funding and partner donations.

A criterion for this grant is that the selection of the artist is restricted to those residing within the Columbia Basin.

The city also reported Jan. 27 it has had an excellent response to providing more art within the community. In 2019, it launched its first sculpture walk, installed a permanent feature at Idlewild Park, and will soon place a permanent sculpture in Harmony Park.

The CBT Public Arts grant is now open.

The grant, which we were successful on for the Harmony Park project, will provide 80% of a project cost, to a maximum of $30,000.

Members of the city ‘vibrancy team’ recommends that the city apply for a total of $28,000 ($22,400 from the grant, and $5,600 from the vibrancy budget), to purchase two existing pieces of art, currently part of our sculpture walk.

The two pieces are “Rethinker” currently located at the library, and “White Sturgeon” located at the RCMP building. Both (pictured right) the library and RCMP are in agreement to keep the sculptures as permanent placements.

Lead image: Eagle sculpture destined for Harmony Park. Images from City of Cranbrook

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