Public art

May 13, 2019
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Public art in a community can create a lasting impact to both its visitors and residents. In Oak Bluff West, public art is used to enrich streetscapes and has many benefits.

Creates new experiences

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Public art is a powerful tool that can make a space exciting by creating new experiences. This includes placing art in unexpected places or using it as a multi-functional space where residents can interact with their environment. Similarly, situating public art near local businesses can help attract attention and in turn, help the economy.

Boosts your mood

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Public art can help boost your mood and inspire creativity. It can also become a place to de-stress or strengthen productivity. Areas with public art serve as great locations to host activities which can help to alleviate loneliness by instilling a sense of community.

Cultivates an identity

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Additionally, public art can enhance a community by serving as distinctive landmarks to cultivate an identity. It’s a way for artists to share stories, history or to raise awareness which allows onlookers to reflect on their meaning and humanizes an area.

The art in Oak Bluff West encompasses a variety of these benefits.

Entry feature

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Oak Bluff West’s grand entrance into the community is a large wall with a stone finish that showcases a mounted stainless steel plate with the Oak Bluff West logo. This entrance feature wraps around Horizon Drive and Provincial Trunk Highway 3 to create a magnificent landmark.

Trail markers

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Trail markers are found throughout Oak Bluff West’s trails. Similar to the entrance feature, the trail marker designs mimic their natural surroundings. They are displayed as either a limestone pillar with the Oak Bluff West name cut from a stainless steel plaque or with the logo cut from a large stainless steel plate that wraps around limestone boulders.

The next time you’re in Oak Bluff West, be sure to take a moment to appreciate your surroundings whether it’s by taking a deep breath of fresh air, listening to the songbirds along our trails and naturalized wetlands or admiring a piece of art in the community.