I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted and provided feedback on Hamilton’s first ever Traffic Signal Box Wrap (Public Art Project).
Hamilton’s Public Art Department received 137 submissions; with 38 proposals being put forward to the Public for voting and comment. Based on 1,745 votes, I was ranked 27th out of 38, with 32 proposals being accepted for installation.
My artist statement was as follows:
My family came to Hamilton in the 19th century as blacksmiths. They arrived at a time when experience mattered more than formal education. As the local economy grew and developed, education started to play a larger role in the lives of the average person. Central Public School, established in 1853, represented the beginning of this transformation. The houses depicted in this image are from Mary Street in the downtown core and where my grandparents lived in the 1940s. School or work was never more than walking distance and often the factory would be visible in the distance.
Once again, thank you to everyone who voted and spread the word among their friends.