East Port Properties has announced that Will Gill, a Newfoundland visual artist, has been selected to create an indoor public art installation in the lobby of 351 Water St., which is set to open in the spring of 2014.
The company said in a news release this is the first private juried art commission in the province, valued at $100,000, awarded to a local artist.
The call for submissions began Sept. 12, 2012 and attracted a total of 31 submissions from qualified artists and artistic groups from all around the world. After undergoing a rigorous judging process, Gill was shortlisted as one of six invited to participate in Phase II.
“We’re thrilled,” said East Port Properties president John Lindsay. “Not only about working with Will on this exciting installation, but also about the success of the call overall. I’d like to say thank you to all of the extremely talented artists and artistic groups who submitted. You certainly made our job a tough one.”
The piece, commissioned by East Port Properties, will be permanently displayed at 351, the first new office building in downtown St. John’s in more than 25 years.
East Port says, inspired by its surroundings, the building is designed to carry on the rich heritage and charm on Water Street, while artfully balancing the old and new. Located on the oldest street in North America, 351 utilizes the area’s historical patterns and properties, and incorporates modern and efficient technologies. It will be the first building to be heated and cooled by sea water in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“It’s a tremendous honour,” said Gill, of being selected to create the art installation. “This opportunity is something that comes along once in a lifetime. It’s not often you see a private organization, like East Port Properties, demonstrating such a strong commitment to helping the artistic community in Newfoundland and Labrador grow and learn,” he said. “I’m very proud to be a part of this.”
More information about the art commission can be found online at www.threefiftyone.ca.