Let’s bring more public art to Nelson

A Nelson resident says "There is just not enough public art in Nelson."

Yes, Nelson is a naturally beautiful city. Yes, the number of heritage buildings is impressive. Yes, our area has an amazingly vibrant cultural scene. But alas, our public places do not reflect this creativity. There is just not enough public art in Nelson!

Although the City’s “Public Art in Public Places” policy highlights the importance of public art as a cultural resource that can enhance the appeal of public places, there  is room for much more art in the realm of parks, open spaces and streets.

What can we do about it? Well, here is one immediate option.

A May 3 article in the Star highlighted a striking piece of art created by Nelson artist Jackie Tahara. This seven-foot tall terracotta warrrior was created as part of the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities project with all works to be auctioned off in September to benefit the society’s services for disabled children.

Past pieces have gone for between $2,000 and $50,000. Expensive? Not at all for a striking piece of public art.

This warrior, which features two mythological dragons, the powerful, good fortune  bringing creatures of the Chinese astrological calendar, is currently being displayed on a street corner in Vancouver.

Here is a challenge for the community — the City, service organizations, inspired individuals. Let’s bring good fortune and good public art to Nelson by bidding on this piece. View this warrior at terracottawarriors.ca and then visualize it standing tall in one of our parks or public places.

Dianne Harke



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