Mountainside Pool to get mural next spring, Burlington seeks artists

By Jeffrey Allen

Published on August 16, 2022 at 2:07 p.m.

The City of Burlington is reaching out to the local arts community to find a suitable mural for the Mountainside Pool Revitalization Project.

“This mural will be a great way to welcome families and pool users to Mountainside Pool,” said Chris Glenn, director of recreation, community and culture.

“Mountainside Pool is part of a larger complex that includes a recreation center with an arena, community space and youth programs. All are welcome to enjoy this complex and the large park surrounding the swimming pool and the leisure centre. Public art here will help support our community connection.

This is a two stage competition. First, artists will submit their qualifications. In Stage 2, three artists will be shortlisted to create a full design proposal. Shortlisted artists will receive a $1,500 honorarium to create their design proposals.

This competition is open to professional artists or teams of artists. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to oversee the design, fabrication and installation of a large-scale mural in a public space. The selected artist/team of artists must be available for meetings with project staff and the steering committee.

Submissions from artists from equity-seeking groups, including 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, Black, and racialized artists, as well as Deaf artists and artists with disabilities are encouraged.

A citizens’ advisory committee made up of local artists, residents and stakeholders explored the goals and themes of the project. Artists are invited to respond to one or more aspects of the project objectives determined by the Mountainside Pool Mural Steering Committee:

  • Create a contemporary and professional mural welcoming families and pool users
  • Reflect a spirit of inclusion, community building and belonging
  • Demonstrate an understanding or connection to the Mountainside community
  • Celebrate the unique natural environment that surrounds the facility; Mountainside is a neighborhood located in a natural setting (i.e. wooded terrain, connections to the Niagara Escarpment, etc.)
  • Artists are encouraged to consider ways to incorporate community engagement into their project design (not required)

The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023. When completed, the facility will be a fun and welcoming multi-purpose outdoor pool that invites the community to participate and experience swimming and water play while encouraging a lifestyle active and healthy.

The deadline to indicate your interest is September 16 and the shortlist will be released by the end of October. The mural will be created next spring.

For more information, visit the city’s website.

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