Create your own art on Barrington Street
With all the exciting change happening on Barrington Street, one new project invites Halifax citizens to share their creativity. A 3D Mosaic has been installed across from Grand Parade Square as the centre piece of the Barrington Benches project – a collaboration between Fusion Halifax and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission.
Created by Catherine Laroche and Rory MacDonald of NSCAD University, the artwork features nearly 400 cubes that you can spin to create your own pixel art.
In July of 2013, the idea to fix the benches and planters was pitched to Councillor Waye Mason’s discretionary funding forum. The public voted to give the project $20,000 while the Downtown Halifax Business Commission matched the contribution with an additional $20,000.
At Nocturne in 2013, over 1200 people submitted ideas by stapling them to the old wooden planters creating a colourful wish list for the space. The ideas guided the project team throughout the design stage and inspired the final product you see today.
This was a true community project from idea to construction with many people and organizations involved in bringing it to life including Fusion Halifax, the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Eco Green Homes, Halifax Regional Municipality, Cherubini Metal Works, T4G and many more.
For more information on the project, visit www.barringtonpost.ca/benches-project