Lincoln, ON - Plenty Canada and its partner, the Town of Lincoln, are thrilled to announce the selection of two site-specific Indigenous public artworks that will be installed permanently in Jordan Hollow Indigenous Cultural Park located at 3039 King St. in Lincoln, Ontario. The inclusion of these artworks in the park represents a significant step towards Reconciliation by promoting Indigenous culture and celebrating the work of contemporary Indigenous artists.
Plenty Canada received a non-repayable contribution of $180,000 through the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), to support this project to include public art within the park.
“Our government recognizes that tourism is vitally important to the vibrancy and economic health of communities across southern Ontario,” said the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “I am committed to helping businesses find new and innovative ways to recover and thrive once again. Investments through the Tourism Relief Fund are helping ensure that the region’s tourism sector is well-positioned to welcome back visitors today and in the years to come.”
The first piece, titled "Water Scroll," is a 13’ aluminum sculpture created by the artist team Kathryn Corbiere (Anishinaabe-kwe / M’Chigeeng First Nation, ON) and Sophie-Ann Edwards (Kagawong, ON). Water Scroll will evoke the curving shapes of the Twenty Mile Creek waterway and will include Indigenous languages engraved throughout. The artwork will symbolize the strong connection between Indigenous people and water, and the deep respect that Indigenous cultures have for the natural world.
The second piece, "Two Row Helix" is a 12’ sculpture by artist team David Beyer (Fisher River Cree First Nation / Toronto, ON) and Lilly Otasevic (Toronto, ON). The sculpture is a colorful and vibrant depiction of a ribbon-like form evoking the powerful symbols of the Two Row Wampum belt and the DNA helix. The sculpture evokes meaning in the way it illustrates our connections to one another and the natural world.
"The spirit of cooperation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to make the Jordan Hollow Indigenous Cultural Park happen is a positive reflection of the values of Niagara,” said Karl Dockstader, Plenty Canada advisor for content, culture, and protocol and art jury member. “I am honoured to have helped select powerful, beautiful, and timeless works of art that incorporate those collaborative values into pieces that our community will be proud to host.”
These two public art pieces will be installed in Jordan Hollow Indigenous Cultural Park, ensuring that they will serve as a source of inspiration and education for generations to come.
"We are thrilled to be able to include these two stunning pieces of Indigenous art in the future Jordan Hollow Indigenous Cultural Park," said Sandra Easton, Mayor at the Town of Lincoln. "We believe that public art has the power to bring people together and to spark important conversations about culture, history, and the environment. These two pieces are sure to do just that."
Plenty Canada is an Indigenous registered non-profit organization that facilitates access to – and shares resources with – Indigenous peoples in support of their environmental and cultural sustainable development goals. These two Indigenous public art pieces demonstrate Plenty Canada’s commitment to promoting cultural understanding and artistic appreciation.
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Town of Lincoln
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Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario