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Soar by Hooman Mehdizadehjafari Selected for Burlington’s City View Park Public Art Commission

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*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — June 16, 2020 — The City of Burlington is pleased to announce that Hooman Mehdizadehjafari has been selected for the City View Park public art commission. Mehdizadehjafari’s artwork, Soar will be installed in front of the new pavilion being constructed at City View Park.

Selection Process

A Request for Expressions of Interest was released in October 2019. Over 50 artists’ submissions were received and reviewed by a community jury made up of residents, local artists and project stakeholders. The jury selected three finalists to develop preliminary artwork concepts.

These three submissions were shown to residents for feedback on Get Involved Burlington and at two in-person displays at Brant Hills Community Centre and Burlington Public Library – Central Branch. More than 400 comments were received. Public feedback and the artist’s technical proposal were factored into the jury’s final scoring and decision.

“Public art adds life, vibrancy, appeal and helps foster a shared sense of community, especially during these unprecedented times. Congratulations to Hooman on having Soar chosen for City View Park and thank you to the many residents who took the time to share their thoughts with the selection jury.” — Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture

City View Park Project

The council approved City View Park Master Plan is being implemented through several phases. To date, three artificial turf fields, creative playground, parking, pond/wetland, trails, natural restoration and a park maintenance facility have been added. The next phase for a pavilion is currently out for construction tender with that work scheduled to start in September 2020. The artwork will complement the park building.

Artwork Location

The artwork will be in a large naturalized area in front of the pavilion. This area will link together pathways from the future parking lot to the front entrance of the pavilion and a central roadway. The artwork will be viewable from inside the pavilion’s main lobby through large glass walls looking out.

Artist Statement

Inspired by the oldest living creature in Eastern North America, the public art design Soar inherited its form from the Eastern White Cedar.

The 17-foot-tall metal sculpture reflects the rich natural heritage of the region, in particular the Niagara Escarpment.

The diversity of materials used creates a beautiful play of colours that can often be seen in nature and alludes to the diverse and united community of Burlington.  Soar is a reflective mirror of the rich natural heritage of the site and celebrates the gracious and honourable ambition of appreciating and protecting the environment and ensuring its passing on to future generations.

The applied words THROUGH – NATURE – WITH – LOVE – WE – THRIVE in Soar, create an infinite circulation that reflects the ultimate message of this piece:  by loving our nature, valuing and protecting it, we may grow and thrive within it peacefully.

Artist Biography

Hooman Mehdizadehjafari, creator of Hoomanart is an award-winning Iranian-Canadian visual artist and designer based in Vancouver, Canada. He was born in 1985 in Kerman, Iran and graduated from the Tehran University of Art with a Master’s in Sculpture and Painting.

Artist’s Link: https://www.hoomanart.com/about

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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2 thoughts on “Soar by Hooman Mehdizadehjafari Selected for Burlington’s City View Park Public Art Commission”

  1. Joan Kwiatkowski

    Will the cost of the commission be made public? At this time of uncertainty, when so many people are struggling with lay-offs, reduced salaries and business closures, why would this be considered a priority? Considering the hardships of these past few months, a tax break for our citizens would seem far more appropriate.

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