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Brantford to launch second phase of bridge art project

Arts and EntertainmentBrantford to launch second phase of bridge art project

The City of Brantford will be launching the second phase of the TH&B Crossing Bridge Public Art Project in May of this year.

Submissions to participate are now being accepted and anyone interested in painting a portion of the interior TH&B Crossing bridge panels can submit their application at http://www.brantford.ca/THBPublicArt.

To contribute to the ongoing revitalization of this landmark, individuals, businesses, community groups, and schools are invited to submit designs for up to five bridge panels that depict one or more of the following themes:

  1. Local culture
  2. Local history
  3. Local people
  4. Local events
  5. Local destinations

There are 41 interior bridge panels available for painting that are 7-8 feet wide by 4.4 feet high. Community members whose designs are selected will be able to paint their assigned panels throughout May and early June, 2023.

The City will supply both liquid and spray paint, paint brushes, mixing cups, and other supplies for participants. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023. Submissions will be reviewed by a team of City staff and selected based on how well they align with the project themes. Once applicants are notified of their successful submission, the City will provide a painting schedule and access to the art supplies.

The first phase of the project was completed in Fall 2022, where nearly 100 community volunteers came together to paint 71 interior bridge panels with 40 unique designs. School groups, local businesses, community organizations and individual artists contributed their creativity and skills to create a beautiful piece of public art for the entire community to enjoy.

“The TH&B public art project is a true reflection of our community’s character and creativity. On behalf of Council, I am proud to support this initiative and I look forward to seeing the finished product that showcases the unique talents of our residents,” said Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford.

In July 2022, the TH&B Public Art project was unanimously endorsed by City Council and the Cultural Advisory Committee to help deter inappropriate graffiti and to foster a sense of pride in this important landmark. The completed artwork will be sealed with a clear protective coating.

Upon completion of the second phase of painting, the bridge will undergo a deck replacement to complete its revitalization.

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