The Town’s Public Art Program is administered by the Parks Recreation and Culture department and aims to enrich the lives of Collingwood residents and visitors by enhancing public spaces, fostering cultural identity and pride, promoting creativity, and encouraging dialogue among citizens.
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Collingwood’s newest public art installation, Dare to Dream, by artist W.W. Hung has landed in Tremont Square!
This dynamic installation features the cast of a hand-sculpted rhinoceros perched on top of a seven and a half foot tall, stainless-steel arc. The rhinoceros, a symbol representing the LGBTQ2S+ community first used in 1974, is poised on its hind legs as if about to take flight with the help of eight painted aluminum balloons attached to its back. The bowed shape of the stainless-steel arc underneath the cast rhino suggests the curve of a rainbow while the balloons “lifting” up the rhinoceros are brightly adorned in the colours of the original rainbow Pride flag from 1978.
Dare to Dream is meant to captivate viewers and encourage exploration and conversation. With its uniqueness and whimsicality, this artwork invites all who see it to engage in discussions about belonging, being oneself and making space for everyone in our community to do the same.
Commissioned by the Town of Collingwood to represent and celebrate the LGBTQ2S+ community, this public art piece will be officially introduced at a dedication ceremony Thursday, December 8th, 2022, 5:30pm to 6:30pm. All are welcome.
A temporary mural alongside Huron Street features the work of 5 local artists and serves to uplift the community and inspire happiness and hope in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The artists are Lily Findlay, Ruth Hurdle, Sam Nellicks, Blaze Wiradharma and Rob Saley. Streetcar Developments worked with the Town to enable the project.