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Recycl'art & Arts Dock to Animate Gatineau, Quebec in Summer 2015

Nearly 30 sculptures designed from recycled and reclaimed materials displayed in the open, the creation of five works in situ, conceptual performances as well as eco-craftsmen and antique bookseller fairs, among others. The first Recycl’art of Gatineau, in Quebec, Canada, intends to animate the banks of the Brasserie stream through images and sounds from July

Recycled spacecraft art installation, sculpture

Nearly 30 sculptures designed from recycled and reclaimed materials displayed in the open, the creation of five works in situ, conceptual performances as well as eco-craftsmen and antique bookseller fairs, among others. The first Recycl'art of Gatineau, in Quebec, Canada, intends to animate the banks of the Brasserie stream through images and sounds from July 4th to September 7, 2015.

"It's the year of the official relaunching of Recycl'art, and in an urban setting this time!" said the artist Jacques Charbonneau, who is also President of the Administrative Council of the Outaouais Contemporary Art Centre (CACO).

From 2004 to 2011, the Recycl'art Festival took place in Montpellier in the Petite-Nation. Because of a lack of financial support, the organizers had to suspend the annual gathering, all while making their presence felt during other events, like the Valorifete of Gatineau. Last year, the collective exhibit at the Montcalm gallery, Triptique, represented the first triennial, whose next session will take place in 2017.

"This summer's Recycl'art shows our willingness to participate in the development of the cultural revitalization of the Brasserie stream. We are not only going to be more visible but more accessible, in the city and the outdoors. This should allow us to also attract people from Ottawa," asserted Mr. Charbonneau, a native of the Hull district.

In a press conference, the City of Gatineau has confirmed a sum of $57,000 in support through subsidies and services. The National Capital Commission has agreed to lend its property along the stream in order to make this first festival in an urban setting possible.

Art made from recycled materials

Twenty-seven artists will be selected by jury to display their works during Recycl’art. The pieces must be composed of at least 80 percent reclaimed or recycled materials and must correspond to this year's theme: Chimera or avatar. 

"We are aware that people will not just make the trip to come contemplate these sculptures and installations," maintained Jacques Charbonneau. Therefore, an Arts Dock will give about 50 artists and eco-craftsmen the opportunity to present and sell their work during the 60-day event. The animation part also includes the Symposium of Sculptures/Installations (to be created in front of the public from July 8 to 12), as well as fairs of miniature works of art, flea markets, antique booksellers and environments (during the weekends, from July 18 to September 6). Shows, notably highlighting the instruments invented by Andre Pappathomas, and family fun events, in the form of workshops or treasure hunts, are also planned.

In parallel, the city had already announced the project for a multimedia show on the stream, which will be presented on site from July 24th to August 2, 2015.

Mr. Charbonneau intends to propose three pieces that float along the water, in the form of matchstick houses, to evoke the history of his native city. Sculptors and eco-creatives who want to participate in Recycl'art and the Dock of artists have until May 15 to submit their application. Artists and antique booksellers who want a spot in the fairs have until June 1, 2015 to register. For information visit www.festivaldurecyclart.com

Has there been an art installation movement in your community? Are there permanent sculptures or art exhibitions in your city? Share your stories and thoughts in the comments area below.

Original article, originally published in French, here.

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Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D...

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