Art project to take flight this year in J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park

Local artists encouraged to submit a design for a public piece of art for Orillia's new butterfly garden

The City of Orillia is looking to commission a local artist to create a complimentary piece of public art for its new butterfly garden in J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park. The habitat garden is being designed for pollinating insects and will located at the park entrance along Atherley Road.

“City staff and the Art in a Public Places Committee are excited to add more art to Orillia’s landscape,” said Jacqueline Soczka, Manager of Culture. “We want to create, through this project, a distinctive focal point or showpiece that captures the essence of the garden.”

The call is open to local artists residing in Orillia and or bordering municipalities of Ramara, Severn, Rama and Oro-Medonte only.

The City expects the artwork to be dynamic and building on the site’s landscaping and design, using the information provided by the City of Orillia, along with the artist’s experience and expertise. The work must be:

  • constructed of durable material;
  • safe and suitable for all ages;
  • maintenance-free;
  • resistant to the elements;
  • original to the artist(s).

The City is encouraging interactive components, though this is not required provided they meet the other criteria and the conditions set out in he City of Orillia’s Art in Public Places Policy. Artwork options include a singular piece or multiple pieces clustered in a pod.

A $5,000 budget has been allocated to the project. This is inclusive of all materials, labour, supplies, and installation costs associated with the artist’s work.

The deadline to submit a proposal is July 17, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Further details on the call can be found at