Public art | Columbia Valley Pioneer
By Camille Aubin
We rarely place much importance on art in our everyday life. Some people regard public art as a luxury or a pleasure, which people should only indulge in by visiting an art gallery (of which the valley has many). However, art serves a deeper and more meaningful purpose.
Some cities like Athens (Greece), Florence (Italy) and Paris (France) have attracted worldwide attention for their remarkable architecture and artistic achievements. The unique structures such as monuments, statues and architecture of these cities, in addition to museums and galleries, set them apart. On a smaller scale, a few key works of art could do the same for the cities of the Columbia Valley. Even if art is not the only engine of our economy, it can enhance and enrich it.
Public art contributes to the uniqueness and sense of pride of our communities, in addition to playing a role in stimulating investment and economic development. In addition to enhancing the overall aesthetic of a neighborhood, public art adds value to the entire community and surrounding area. When considering the possibility of a public art project, it seems that the village of Canal Flats has understood this perfectly. “Nowadays, if you want to attract residents, attract jobs, whether they are independent contractors, small businesses or large companies, they care about living or supporting their employees in nice places. . There are therefore two reasons (for “The Portal”): one is the pride of the community. We all want to be proud of our community, and the visible expression of creativity is one of them. The other reason is to attract investment, ”explained Chris Fields, head of economic development at Canal Flats. (Read the full story on page 3)
In a world where everything can too often seem too similar, creating a unique sense of community identity is an important, if not crucial, step towards preserving community culture and heritage. It is creativity embodied. An eye-catching piece of public art breaks the pleasant but monotonous grind of the daily rhythm of everyday life, giving communities a refreshing breath of personality. They can give us, as individuals, a sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves. In other words, a sense of community.
In addition to giving residents reason, space and inspiration for a reflective break, public art installations are a sure-fire way to grab the attention of passers-by in the city. This can lead these visitors to reflect on the history and environment of a city. Public arts usually represent a part of the city’s history in an abstract way and in doing so create a place full of meaning and, hopefully, connection.
The spirit of the cities and towns where we live and visit unquestionably benefits from public art. That’s why everyone in the valley should be proud of the recent boom in public art installations here: “The Portal” at Canal Flats and the recent “Big Horns” at Radium Roundabout. Whether or not your artistic tastes match those of the creators of these pieces, you must agree that with them, our communities become more distinctive, more memorable and more welcoming.