On what will be the future home of an affordable housing unit, local artist Leandra Almeida has created a mural capturing the excitement and vision for the city’s growth.
The work is the result of the Public Art Committee’s support for community-engaged art, with the goal of ensuring that art is accessible to everyone. “The opportunity to leverage the temporary construction hoarding to feature a young local artist in the early stages of building her career is a win-win for her and for the community. We hope that other developers might consider similar programs as new construction begins”, said Karen Dubeau, Director of Creative Economy at the City of Barrie.
Leandra Almeida said “This work is an exploration of the city. My piece focuses on the changing state of structures evolving and growing as time goes by. I could not depict this city without making its people the subject matter, because Barrie is more than its buildings and roads—it’s what we make it!”