Putting a Creative Face on the PAC Construction Site

Oct 03 2012
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Contributed by City of St. Catharines staff

A partnership between the City of St. Catharines and local arts groups will put a new face on the wooden fencing surrounding the future home of the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre, answering the question; “What does the PAC mean to you?”

Artists from Niagara Artists Centre and Greenbelt Arts Collective will transform the wooden construction fencing, known as hoarding, which surrounds the downtown site from boring blue to a vibrant visual arts piece.

“I’m thrilled to have the Greenbelt Arts team working in such a visually prominent part of the downtown core,” Anah Shabbar, of Greenbelt Arts Collective, said. “It's an honor to be included in the early stages of what will be an integral part of the revitalization of downtown St. Catharines." 

Beginning September 2012, the first phase of the project will see the hoarding along 

St. Paul Street covered with thought-provoking words and phrases submitted via social media platforms, in response to the question, “What does the St. Catharines PAC mean to me?” Submissions can be made via Twitter at @StCathPAC or at St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre on Facebook

The hoarding will also be transformed using trompe l'oeil picture frames, a technique which creates the illusion that the painted images are three dimensional, cutouts to allow pedestrians to view construction, and moss painting. Moss painting, also known as moss graffiti, is a process where moss is combined with other household ingredients and applied like paint to outdoor surfaces. Once applied, the moss continues to grow, resulting in a living, sustainable piece of art.

“Our members are primed, like so many people in this community, for the arrival of a downtown performing arts centre. Like everything else about it, the hoarding should be exceptional too,” Stephen Remus, Niagara Artist Centre’s Minister of Energy, Minds, said.

Phase Two of the project, slated to take place in fall 2012, will engage students from local high schools to cover the hoarding along Carlisle Street with murals depicting their ideas of the future of Downtown St. Catharines. 

“I’m looking forward to the creation of a unique mural which will engage local visual artists, students and the community at large,” said Steve Solski, PAC Executive Director. 

For more information on the project “Like” the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter (@StCathPAC). 

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