Please see the media release below from the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — The City of Burlington is excited to launch Art and the City, a self-guided downtown public art walking tour. Join Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and arts and cultural staff for the official launch on Monday (May 6) at 10 a.m. The tour will start at City Hall (426 Brant St.), rain or shine. The event is a part of the City’s launch of ParticipACTION’s Community Better Challenge and Burlington Walks the Talk program.
Art and the City is available online and accessible from any mobile device. The free web app offers a new way to explore Burlington’s downtown and learn about public art in the process. The tour provides artwork information, photographs and a suggested walking route. The web-based map works across all platforms and allows residents to tour highlights from the public art collection using any internet-enabled smartphone or tablet.
“When we plan and design a city, we look at more than just roads, bricks and mortar. We need to add public art that will add vibrancy, colour, intrigue and a sense of community to the areas. Public art can become meeting places, landmarks for directions, historical markers or a source of discussion and debate for art lovers.” — Heather MacDonald, Director of City Building – Planning, Building and Culture
Explore Burlington’s public art collection on this self-guided tour any time and at your own pace. Tour highlights include Portal (across from City Hall), Lady of the Lake (Spencer Smith Park) and Benevolent Angel (Burlington Public Library – Central Branch). Art and the City is divided into two parts and includes 25 public artworks in total.
A limited number of printed guidebooks will soon be available at all city facilities, the Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington Public Library, Museums of Burlington and Tourism Burlington. Art and the City is also available online in PDF format to download, save, and print. Both formats are available online at burlington.ca/publicart.
Public art is but one of the many things in Burlington that makes our city livable and enhances the lives of our residents. Our collection is quite extensive and unique, and there is something for everyone. The Art in the City walking tour is a great way to see the fantastic pieces we have located in the downtown area and it’s a great way to get some physical activity in, especially now that spring is here.