With the ongoing pandemic, the Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition will kick off virtually once more this year with another online mapping tool to view all of the new public art pieces.
“There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to push us to adapt and try new means of providing arts and culture to the residents of Penticton,” said Manager of Recreation, Arts & Culture, Kelsey Johnson. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to see this program continue and expand with the addition of another art piece to view along the walkway.”
Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition first began in 2016 and is a year-long event designed to display a variety of sculptures for the public to enjoy. This year’s exhibit showcases artists from around British Columbia and Alberta, and will be on display from May 2021 to April 2022. Beginning May 21, 2021, residents will be able to enjoy the 2021-2022 sculpture displays via an updated virtual walking app in place of a traditional walking tour.
“During the past year with the pandemic, we have realized now more than ever, the importance of providing arts and culture to our community. Council and I are happy to see this program be able to continue, virtually, and see the addition of another sculpture along Lakeshore Drive to expand residents’ cultural experience,” stated Mayor John Vassilaki.
Residents can use the virtual walking app and learn more about the sculpture program, including art pieces from past years, by visiting www.penticton.ca/publicart.