Indigenous art beautifies Ottawa LRT construction sites

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Ottawa Construction News staff writer

Images of artwork submitted from nine Indigenous artists have been displayed on Stage 2 LRT construction hoarding to beautify the construction area and increase the visibility of Indigenous culture.

Images of artwork were installed this week in eight locations around the city:

  • Byron Avenue
  • Dow’s Lake Station
  • Carleton Station
  • Algonquin College (at Transitway)
  • Scott Street
  • Kichi Sibi Station
  • Bayview Station
  • Lincoln Fields (by the community garden)

Nine Indigenous artists submitted culturally relevant images from their culture and territory on the theme ‘Land is Medicine’.

Within the diversity of Indigenous cultures, the representation of land, animals, fish, and plants are common themes and grounded in culture and traditions.

All artwork is now visible in public spaces, and much of it is along multi-use pathways, where residents are encouraged to explore and discover the art.

The artists are:

  • Stephanie Tenasco, an Algonquin artist from Kitigan Zibi, Quebec
  • Heather Campbell, Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland
  • Laurie Bennett, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation
  • Jaime Morse, Michif/Nehiyaw Nation
  • Naomi Blondin, Kitigan Zibi First Nation
  • Sylvia Tennisco, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation
  • Mairi, Claire and Simon Bras coupé, Kitigan Zibi First Nation

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