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April 27, 2020

HALTON HILLS, ON – When heading outside for exercise or running essential errands, residents may have noticed the Town’s first public art installation ‘After Nature’ by artist Ingrid Mayrofer.

‘After Nature’ is a temporary art banner project consisting of seven designs responding to the themes of climate change and at-risk species. Mayrofer’s designs are based on her recent series of collagraph prints which provide a layered feeling as well as vibrant textures and colours. The banners incorporate both the natural and built environments and include iconic Halton Hills buildings, and flora and fauna native to Ontario. While many of these species are on the endangered list, they are still present in the region’s natural areas. With these images Mayrhofer celebrates Halton Hills’ built history while simultaneously drawing attention to the fragility of the future of our natural environment.

The full list of species represented in the banners can be found at haltonhills.ca/publicart. Look for these species in the banner images and the natural world.

Make Streets More Vibrant

“The banner project ‘After Nature’ is a colourful outdoor art exhibition that I hope will raise the spirits of Halton Hills residents during this unprecedented public health emergency,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “While we can’t visit art galleries at this time, this project brings art to our streets and helps make them more vibrant. Residents viewing these works of art in their local areas are reminded to follow public health guidelines and practice physical distancing to help us combat the spread of COVID-19.”

The banners are installed at the following locations:

– Main Street South
(Between James Street & Church Street), Georgetown

– Mill Street East/Hwy7
(Between Main Street and Eastern Avenue), Acton

– Guelph Street/Hwy 7
(Between Maple Avenue and Brucewood Road), Georgetown

– Dominion Gardens Park
(Throughout the park), Georgetown

– Mountainview Road South
(Between Eden Place and 10 Side Road), Georgetown

– Princess Anne Drive
(Between Halton Hills Drive and Mary Street), Georgetown

– Acton Sports Park
(in the parking lot and along Tanners Drive), Acton

About the Artist

Ingrid Mayrhofer works in a variety of media including printmaking, photography, pottery and new media. Ingrid consistently places her art production in its social context. In 2000, she initiated a long-term hands-on intervention with culture and nature. Her practice includes numerous community art collaborations and curatorial projects, as well as international artists’ exchanges. Since moving to Hamilton, she has participated in four public art banner projects there, as well as showing her work across Canada and abroad. Her ‘Four Elements Series’ is scheduled for exhibition in the Helson Gallery later this year.

 

About the Public Art Program

Public art can help create healthy, vibrant, connected communities. Public art is created or overseen by a professional artist and works can be permanent of temporary. More information on the Town’s Public Art Program, including a link to the Public Art Master Plan can be found at haltonhills.ca/publicart

 

About the Town of Halton Hills

The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
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Thank you to the Town of Halton Hills for this media release.

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