Examples of work by UK-artist, Jason Bruges Studio. The studio has been awarded the “Artist on Design Team” commission for the Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility.
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A UK artist who has created installations for the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum has been picked to join the design team for the joint Ottawa Public Library and Archives Canada facility overlooking LeBreton Flats.
The city said Wednesday that Jason Bruges, whose studio was chosen from a national and international field of 74, is “an internationally acclaimed artist who creates stunning interactive art installations that blend art, architecture and technology.
“A master story-teller, Jason Bruges is excited to create iconic artwork in the nation’s capital that will draw on local narratives while positioning the site as a national centre of design excellence.”
As part of the $600,000 commission, the studio will work with Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects to integrate public art into the project design, which starts this year, and construction.
The cash covers costs to consult, collaborate, design, fabricate, store, transport and install the public art, the city said.
The commission was made by the city’s public art program which is funded by one per cent of funds earmarked for municipal projects.
The city expects the new facility at 555 Albert St. on LeBreton Flats to be complete in 2024.
The public can meet artists from Jason Bruges Studio, view initial ideas for art at the new facility and give feedback at an Inspire555 public consultation next month.
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