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City launches Street Art Wall Pilot Project

July 10, 2019 -

The City has officially launched its Street Art Wall pilot project that establishes the Rideaucrest retaining wall adjacent to Douglas Fluhrer Park as a temporary legal wall available for use by the community to create street art and murals. The Street Art Wall is open now and will be accessible until the end of April 2020. 

Approved by Council in March 2019, the Street Art Wall pilot project supports the City of Kingston's Public Art Master Plan that fosters the creation of temporary public art and street art to engage people in the visual arts in different forms across the city. For the purposes of this pilot project, the City has waived Section 4.17 of the Property Standards Bylaw 2005-100 that states "written slogans and graffiti on the exterior of any building, wall, fence or structure shall be prohibited, including painted or chalked titles or messages." This waiver applies only to the retaining wall and Section 4.17 of the Property Standards Bylaw 2005-100 remains in effect for the rest of the city.

"We're excited to launch this pilot project that supports the creation of street art as a form of artistic expression," says Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development. "We've established the wall as a legal space for street art to provide an exciting new and open platform that will add to the vibrancy of the area, and present and celebrate the work of local artists and their community over the next 10 months."

The City has developed guidelines for the use of the wall to promote a positive experience for artists, park visitors and local residents. The wall is self-regulated and managed by the community; however, the City will monitor the project on an ongoing basis to assess how the wall is being used and to ensure compliance with the guidelines. Following the conclusion of the pilot project, City staff will report back to Council on the results, which will also be used to assess the need to develop an Integrated Street Art Plan as a component of the City of Kingston's Public Art Master Plan.

Participants are encouraged to document their artwork and share on social media platforms using the hashtag #YGKStreetArtWall.

For more information on the Street Art Wall pilot project and to review guidelines and frequently asked questions, go to: www.CityofKingston.ca/LegalWall

For more information about the City's Public Art Program, go to: www.CityofKingston.ca/PublicArt.

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