City Unveils New Sculpture
For Release on Thursday, August 20th, 2020
City Installs First Artwork of the 2020 VIVID Public Art InitiativeHamilton - August 20th, 2020
The City of Hamilton is pleased to announce the first installment of the 2020 VIVID public art initiative. Local artist Nikki Murray-Mason has completed the first approved sculpture since the initiative began six years ago.
Mrs. Murray-Mason specializes in mosaic art and was inspired by the beauty of her garden and its blooming summer flowers for the design of her chair sculpture.
The sculpture can now be seen on the grassy area at the front of City Hall beneath the weathervane.
“I think tourists and locals like seeing large-scale pieces around Hamilton that they can enjoy and photograph”, Mrs. Murray-Mason said. “It is important that there are programs like VIVID in place that showcase a variety of local art and provide artists with a large platform to display their talents.”
Over the past 15 years, Mrs. Murray-Mason has been developing her mosaic skills creating a variety of different art pieces, now through her company, Nikki Mosaics Inc.
Mrs. Murray-Mason is not new to creating art in the City of Hamilton. Her first mosaic mural installed through VIVID can be found on Church Street at the entrance of Par-La-Ville Car Park and depicts a summer garden. She also created a private commission that graces the doorstep of the Alexandra Mosher Studio flagship store on Front Street.
"I am always happy to work with the City to create and install art that contributes to making Hamilton more vibrant. I want to send a huge thank you to the City of Hamilton for providing me with the opportunity to create this sculpture and I encourage everyone to come by, look at it, sit in it, take photos and share them."
The City of Hamilton’s Marketing Coordinator, Sideya Dill, expressed how excited the City is to reveal the first sculpture under the VIVID Public Art Initiative.
“The initial plan for VIVID 2020 was to have introduced at least two or three art pieces to the City by this time. However, with the onset of COVID-19, we weren’t sure if we would be able to install at all this year. It was helpful that Nikki was able to create the sculpture at home. Our engineering team collected it and carefully placed it in front of City Hall where we hope it becomes an attraction for our tourists and locals.”
Ms. Dill encourages the public to look out for more outdoor art installations as a part of the City’s 2020 VIVID public art initiative as the City aims to complete this year’s installations.