Public Art Industrial

Commission by the City of Ottawa with year-long public-art residency.

The Mechanics of Gauging A Trade

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A first of its kind in Canada, the artist was selected on the basis of how they would develop the project and produce the public art.  I opened up all the phases of my public art commission to the hundreds of men and women who work at the City’s Municipal workshops, through my on-site studio.  We collaborated on 11 interior pieces and the actual “commission”, The Mechanics of Gauging a Trade.  A ten-minute project video about the artists residency at the “garage”, including development, installation and worker feedback is available through the City’s Public Art offices.  The video has been viewed widely in art, educational, civic and labor contexts.