Better Beechwood 2017

In partnership with the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area 

Many cities are enhancing public spaces to create more interesting and engaging places for residents to enjoy. Montreal has strung pink balls on Sainte-Catherine Street, Halifax has installed furniture at strategic locations along its waterfront, Vancouver has suspended red umbrellas on trees, while Toronto has created heritage plaques to commemorate century old homes and encouraged unique public art installations

For 2017, we have the opportunity to make Beechwood Better! We are asking residents what type of physical improvement project they would like to see on Beechwood Avenue. The sky’s the limit! Well...really $10,000 - $15,000 is the limit.

Step One...

This September/early October, cast your ballot here and to let us know the type of physical improvement project you want to see for 2017. Is it street art, seating, or celebration of local history? Get further details on the process for this initiative and see samples of each project type below. 

Step Two...

We asked people to cast their ballot either online or at East Feast in September for the type of physical improvement project they want to see on Beechwood in 2017. The results are in and street art was the winner with close to 70 votes. Seating and gathering spaces came in second with just over 50 votes, while celebrating local history received a total of 24 votes.

You are now invited to submit your ideas for the specific type of street art project you want to see. Share your thoughts here by Dec.16, 2016 (Deadline extended).

Step Three...

Residents have shared their street art ideas including calls for colorful sculpture, participatory art, light projections, botanically-themed art, and community-building murals. A working group composed of local artists and art installation experts will meet in late January 2017 to develop three concepts and proposed locations that can be put to the community for a final vote. The concept with the most votes will be implemented pending city approvals in 2017. 

 

 

Better Beechwood timelines

Better Beechwood Sample Ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bon nombre de villes rehaussent des lieux publics pour les rendre plus attirants ou colorés. À Montréal, on a suspendu un ruban de boules roses au-dessus de la rue Sainte-Catherine, alors qu’à Halifax, un mobilier a été installé à des endroits stratégiques au bord de l’eau. À Vancouver, on a suspendu des parapluies rouges aux arbres et, à Toronto, on a créé des plaques du patrimoine pour les maisons centenaires, et on encourage l’art public original.

Pour notre part, en 2017, nous aurons l’occasion d’enjoliver l’avenue Beechwood! 

Nous demandons donc aux résidents quel type de projet ils aimeraient voir se réaliser dans cette rue. Tout est possible! Enfin... tant qu’on respecte le budget de 10 000 $ à 15 000 $.

Première étape...

Ce septembre et début d'octobre, répondez au sondage pour nous indiquer quel type de projet vous préférez voir dans cette rue. Est que c'est de l'art public, du mobilier pour s’asseoir ou de l'histoire locale? Pour plus de details sur le processus afin de réaliser ce projet et pour voir des examples regardez en haut.  

Deuxième étape...

Nous avons demandé aux gens de s’exprimer en ligne ou au Festin de l’Est en septembre pour nous dire quel type de projet ils aimeraient voir se réaliser dans cette rue en 2017. Les résultats sont arrivés, et l’art public l’a remporté avec près de 70 voix. Le mobilier pour s’asseoir est arrivé en deuxième place, avec un peu plus de 50 voix, tandis que la célébration de l’histoire locale a obtenu un total de 24 voix.

Je vous invite maintenant à soumettre vos idées quant au type précis de projet d’art public que vous souhaitez voir. Vous pouvez soumettre vos réflexions d’ici le 16 decembre 2016; il vous suffit de cliquer ici (date limite prolongée).

Étape trois...

Les résidents ont fait part de leurs idées concernant les projets d’art de rue (sculpture colorée, arts participatifs, projections lumineuses, projets d’arts à thématique botanique, murales contribuant au renforcement de l’esprit communautaire). Un groupe de travail composé d’artistes locaux et de spécialistes des installations artistiques se réunira à la fin du mois de janvier 2017 afin de développer trois concepts et identifier des emplacements possibles qui pourront être soumis à la communauté en vue d’un vote final. Le concept qui recevra le plus de votes sera réalisé en 2017, sous condition de l’obtention des approbations requises de la Ville.

 

 

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Street Art on Beechwood

I would recommend some serious sculpture, as can be seen in Westboro with the marble sculpture there.

Beechwood improvements

Whatever the final vote, the resulting improvements will not mean as much unless the street itself is fundamentally improved by adding lots of (tough) trees along the sides and burying overhead wires wherever possible. No amount of street art, recognition of local history or addition of seating space can overcome the ugliness of the wires: every additional tree will enhance the view and eventually help disguise that ugliness. Just look at similar streets in Europe or other parts of the world. Indeed, come to think of it, why is Ottawa so blind to the use of trees? Even the new Queen Street sidewalks have them only on one side and the Byward market is shamefully short on greenery. You are doing sterling work: thank you. Graham Hardman, Rideau Terrace

Better Beechwood

Rather than superficial decoration and summer seating we should provide bicycle storage with locking and more better designed bus shelters. Please don't just expect OCTranspo to provide every bus shelter.

Street Art on Beechwood

The street art might have sculptures that reflect the history in Rockcliffe. I love the benches around Mackay Lake and near the pond that are dedicated to people who frequented the pond. To have sculptures of certain notorious Rockcliffe founders doing something they were known for, on or around the benches on Beechwood [almost interacting with people on the benches}, would be very cool! It would also re-enforce the heritage of the area. Who are our well known founders? What were they known for? Bronze sculptures of them interacting on benches for the public would be super fun!