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Utilizing public art as a means to rejuvenate and revitalize the downtown core


The idea behind SculptureWalk Castlegar is simple yet ambitious: Utilizing public art as a means to rejuvenate and revitalize the downtown core of Castlegar, creating a vital downtown with different sculptures displayed every year, thus attracting local and international tourism, and turning Castlegar into a leading centre of sculpture in North America.


Field sought to bring both local and international artists to Castlegar to compete for thousands of dollars in prize money while bringing city, business, and community together in a blend of culture and commerce. The program would have the arts community and the city working together in the planning, development and management of the project.


It would also


involve the support of the public, the people of Castlegar, by having them choose which sculptures they liked best and which they wanted as permanent legacy of art displayed in their community.


SculptureWalk’s ambitious program brought 17 original sculptures to the city in 2010. This was enthusiastically supported by the Castlegar business community. The sculptures are on


loan to the city for the entire year and are available for lease or purchase. At the end of each SculptureWalk season, votes are being tallied for the People’s Choice Award. The sculpture that wins this award is purchased by the city as a legacy to be placed on permanent display.


SculptureWalk Castlegar is organized and run by volunteers with help from the many community businesses supporting the program with sponsorships and in-kind contributions. The SculptureWalk group is building on its initial partnerships. “We are inviting any groups or individuals who are interested in making this the best outdoor public sculpture program in Canada to join us”, said Pat Field, the project’s volunteer manager. “Our goal is to have the whole community involved.” Field sees a future for SculptureWalk where, “local artists are recognized among the leaders in building a new community identity and the cultural and economic benefits gained from this program spread to our surrounding sister communities.”


The 17 sculptures on display this year are sourced from all over North America. Several


Left: People’s Choice II: Warm Welcome Home. Patrick McIvor (photo credit: D.Glunz, 2010)


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