This is the month for sculptures in Ottawa. The 15 Postcards from the Piazza went in on Little Italy’s Preston Street last week. This week it’s the turn for West Wellington to see the 18 Wellington Marbles (a nice play on the Elgin Marbles I thought). Then in the first week of October, there will be unveiling of the Chinatown Royal Arch (now that will take a big piece of velvet to cover!) and sometime after that the King Edward Avenue seed pod art.
In the picture below, workers were re-installing the foundation pieces yesterday on West Wellie. About 9 of the foundations had to be replaced, and it certainly looked to be a tight race to get them made and installed before the sculptors brought their sculptures to the street. If the bases weren’t ready, would they have lost their marbles?
The first sculpture I saw looked pretty plain from the street side, with only the hint of something arty in the musical notes at its base:
But on the sidewalk side, it opens up to reveal a musical keyboard, paying tribute to the music store adjacent.
Further along I noticed a top hat sitting atop draped fabric on a fireplug, opposite GCTC; and a child’s car seat with a teddy bear in it perched atop a fireplug outside Bridgehead.
More sculptures will be installed over the next few nights; the official opening ceremony is this Friday evening above Thyme and Again. There will be public tours of the sculptures on Saturday and Sunday with the sculptors, sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wellington Marbles artists are Marcus Kucey-Jones and Ryan Lotecki.