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Four projects selected for École Arc-en-ciel public art call

March 02, 2022

Four projects were selected for the École Arc-en-Ciel public art call in Oromocto! The selected artists have designed, created and installed public artwork at the school.

The selected projects are as follows:

Fredericton-based artist Karen LeBlanc’s work, Primary Colours Weave the Future, consists of five hand-woven tapestries of primary colours (dark blue, royal blue, yellow light red and dark red) and is installed in the library.

Denis Lanteigne’s work, Farandoles on the Grass (Farandoles sur l’herbe), is a four-panel photomontage depicting a lawn covered in dandelions. This is installed in the cafeteria. Denis Lanteigne is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Rang-Saint-Georges and Caraquet.

Visual artist Colin Smith of Florenceville-Bristol created a work entitled Freedom (Liberté). The work  consists of a series of seven drawings on panels depicting Oromocto’s landscape with local birds carrying books. This is displayed in the school’s main entrance.

Fredericton-based artist collective Olka Arts creation, Discovery, is a painted mural with 3-D relief depicting looking through magnifying glasses at ants, dandelions and other natural elements. This is located in the cafeteria.

Stay tuned for more information on the artists as well as their pieces on the Public Art page.

This $50,000 investment in public art at École Arc-en-Ciel is part of the New Brunswick Public Art Policy. Established in 2018, the policy ensures that a percentage of the construction budget for all new provincial government building projects is allocated towards the commission of public art for the new building.

Following policy guidelines, a selection process was undertaken with an external evaluation committee including two parent representatives, two school district representatives, and one professional artist. In total, 14 professional artists applied to the artist call.

To reference the public art call that was published, click here.

Congratulations to the selected artists!

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