Ur­ban art walk­a­bout

Where Ottawa - - CONTENTS - by joseph mathieu


Ob­vi­ously, not every­one is into spi­ders. Beauty is in the eye of the be­holder, and it’s up to you to de­cide if this soon-to-be mother is pro­tec­tive or men­ac­ing out­side the Na­tional Art Gallery’s front en­trance. This tow­er­ing bronze sculp­ture by renowned French artist Louise Bour­geois stands nine me­tres tall, loom­ing over any­one who ven­tures be­neath her for a photo op.

Os­car Peter­son

Lis­ten for the twin­kling jazz keys of Os­car Peter­son near the

Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, where vis­i­tors are in­vited to sit next to Peter­son’s com­mem­o­ra­tive statue. Un­veiled by Queen El­iz­a­beth II in 2010, the homage to the late Cana­dian jazz vir­tu­oso from Montreal was cre­ated by artist Ruth Aber­nethy. The leg­endary pi­anist’s out­put still con­tin­ues to in­flu­ence mu­sic to­day.

Danc­ing Bear

Its name alone will charm chil­dren, and can be found in Jeanne d’Arc Court in the ByWard Mar­ket. This was the first pub­lic art piece by an Inuit artist from Nu­navut placed in Ot­tawa. When not mak­ing art, Pauta Saila sup­ple­mented his liveli­hood as a hunter. He said that this carved bear is play­ing the way he saw real bears play on the ice field.

Cul­ture Walk

Want to ex­plore the city for more ur­ban art? This map and app al­lows vis­i­tors to self-guide their own pub­lic art tour. The many mu­rals, sculp­tures, and gal­leries that pep­per Ot­tawa’s down­town are the per­fect trea­sures to find on this hunt. It’s also a great way to get to know the city, with many bars and cafés to stop at along the way. down­town­ cul­ture-walk/

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