Seven students in Georgian’s Fine Arts program were announced as winners of a commission to have their work featured in a seniors’ community development to be constructed in downtown Barrie. The winning students and the finalists will see their designs featured within the Harmony Village Lake Simcoe Presentation Gallery, being built by City Core Developments, when it opens later this year.
The pieces, mobile units to be hung from the ceiling, will be moved to the community centre when construction is complete. The original idea was to choose just one design, but the judges were so impressed, they chose two. The winning team will be awarded $5,000 to cover the cost of the materials and construction and the two finalists will be awarded $2,500 for their designs.
The winning entry, “Reflections,” was designed by students Libby Mourant, Samantha Seitz and Karen Dobbs.
“Our installation, upon entering the room, will draw the eye immediately upward and will create an illusion of the sun reflecting on water, in both colour and form, giving the residents and visitors a sense of freedom, tranquility and open space,” said the team’s conceptual statement. “Being a retirement home on the shores of Lake Simcoe, we felt the importance to bring the natural beauty of the outdoors into the building, to bring light, space and peace indoors through the installation of our mobile. It aims to provide a positive, stimulating, aesthetic response to all who experience it.”
The finalists included a piece called “Mobius,” designed by students Lilian Ghazarian, Dheeko Kinfe and Teresa Moore; and “Life Lines,” designed by student Bernadette Wells.
“City Core approached the School of Design and Visual Art, Fine Art program last December to inquire about the possibility of a student generated project that would create a large, mobile sculpture for their sales office,” said Ted Fullerton, co-ordinator of the Fine Arts program.
“This chance to create public art is a great opportunity for students,” said Fullerton. “This is a great example of connecting to the community,” he added.