The four finalists in the Main Street mural project were chosen, the city announced on Tuesday, with each artist or duo each talking a site starting later this year in September.
“We are blown away by the response to our call,” said culture and tourism manager Stacey Dunnigan, saying “we’d like to congratulate our finalists and thank all of the talented artists who applied.”
A butterfly design from a Kitchener husband and wife duo — Sandy and Steve Pell — will be going up beside the Guelph Farmers’ Market downtown. Their monarch art will be a nod to Guelph’s royal nickname and a tribute to pollinators.
Alex Kwong and Sergey Ryutin of Calgary will be putting up a layered design featuring John Galt, the Basilica, a fawn and maple leafs, with a map of Guelph layered throughout.
A Métis artist from Winnipeg, Kenneth Lavallee, will be putting up a pictogram-inspired Attawandaron design on the east underpass wall on the Guelph Farmers’ Market side.
The fourth site on the west underpass wall will be painted on by Toronto artist Emmanuel Jarus, who will work with local birdwatching groups to identify the native birds to put in his artwork.
The artists were picked by the Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee after a 12-person shortlist was created from 202 submissions, the city said in a press release.
The art projects are funded by the province’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative, announced last year. In June of last year, Council voted in favour of directing the city’s $146,000 allotment toward these projects, according to a Guelph Mercury story.