Call to artists: Maple Island Public Art Project

Maple Island Public Art Project

Call to artists: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Deadline: March 16, 2018, at 4 p.m. EST

Budget: $52,000 plus HST

Information: Allison O’Connor, Public Art Officer

Allison.O' 613-244-4429

The City of Ottawa invites professional artists to submit qualifications to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork on Maple Island in Ottawa, Ontario. This is a two-stage open competition held in accordance with the City of Ottawa Public Art Policy.

Project background

As part of the redevelopment of the Minto Bridges, a public art piece will be installed on Maple Island. This small island sits on the Rideau River, at the intersection of two of the Minto Bridges. The island and bridges connect two Ottawa neighbourhoods, Lowertown and New Edinburgh (Wards 12, 13), for pedestrians and cyclists. The island is a serene and hidden green space, with a great view of Canada’s Peace Tower to the west. The island has a rich history which includes Indigenous peoples and railway and industrial use, and was originally part of the ceremonial route which connects Rideau Hall and Parliament.

Public art site

Maple Island is a small, green and lush island on the Rideau River, located in the middle of the Minto Bridges on Union Street. The entire green space south of the bridge is available for public art. This curved green space comprises grass and large tress, with shrubbery along the riverbanks. There are no walking paths, lights, electrical outlets or seating, with the exception of a bench at the Hungarian Monument, located at the south end of the island. Artist should respect a 6-metre radius around this monument. Artists shortlisted to advance to the proposal stage of the competition will have an opportunity to meet with the project team to review the site details and ask specific questions related to their proposal.

The City of Ottawa acknowledges that Ottawa is located on land which is part of ancestral unceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory. The City of Ottawa honours the peoples and elders of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, whose ancestors have occupied this territory for millennia, and whose culture has nurtured and continues to nurture this land and its people. In addition, we would like to recognize all First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities in Ottawa. 

For more information, please review the full Call to Artists:

or contact Allison.O'