City of Waterloo is inviting artists to submit a proposal to be featured in Waterloo Park from November 2021 to April 2022.
The goal of this pilot program is to animate Waterloo Park in the winter months and to engage the community in the park through thoughtful and engaging displays of art and temporary installations.
The pieces will be situated in the Eby Farmstead and will provide engagement in the off-season. All animals will be removed from the farmstead giving artists free reign to propose installations inside the animal enclosure areas. Eby Farmstead is centrally located in the park. In the summer months, it is home to a variety of animals including llamas, peacocks, chickens, potbelly pigs, miniature ponies, goats and more.
These artworks will engage the public through one or more of the following themes:
- Exploration of the stories and histories of Waterloo Park and Waterloo – this includes an exploration of who is present and who is absent from these narratives
- Exploration of Waterloo Park/city parks as a place for celebrations, gatherings, recreation and play, and/or what parks contribute to our community
- Examination of the use of parks public spaces – Who uses them? What are they used for? Are they inclusive?
- The importance of green and natural spaces in urban environments
In addition, the installations can also explore Waterloo as a community, as a technology-hub, and as a city full of diverse identities, traditions, and celebrations.
Proposals can include, but are not limited to: shadow structures; outdoor photo installations; murals; yarn bombings; literary displays; temporary sculpture; outdoor textiles; fence art; storytelling installations; etc.