Video - Birds of a Feather and Unity - two new art installations in Canada’s Capital Region


Transcript of Video — Birds of a Feather and Unity - two new art installations in Canada’s Capital Region

Duration of the video: 00:03:32

[Text on screen: Birds of a Feather, Unity]


[Text on screen: Sandra Richards, project manager]

Narrator: “Canadian Heritage has earmarked the Plaza Bridge steps for young and emerging artists to present their work. A new design for the steps is chosen each year through a national competition open to artists and designers ages 18 to 35. This artwork was installed as part of Canadian Heritage’s Art in the Capital program, which aims to showcase the talent Canadian artists and add vitality to locations in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.”

[Text on screen: Yasaman Mehrsa, winning artist]

Yasaman Mehrsa: “I’m very blessed and grateful to have this opportunity. I mean that is a big step for me. I started public art like two years ago. I started with like very small stuff and then now I see myself growing in my art journey.”

[Screening of the winning artist's work]

Narrator: “We think Unity is such a charming and evocative work. You see the simple cube-shaped house repeated in various colours starting with a single house at the bottom that becomes an entire community at the top. The more natural shapes and colours in the background show us that this community is also closely connected to nature. We’re very excited about showcasing this artwork and invite you to take a moment from your day to enjoy Canadian public art.”

Narrator: “We think birds of a feather is a breathtaking image.”

[Close-up on York Stairs]

Narrator: “The York Street steps are located right beside the ByWard Market in downtown Ottawa. As you can see, it’s a fun way to present art that encourages you to interact with the work so when you’re on the steps, you become part of the image. We’re very happy if you want to stop here and take a selfie. The winning design is by Caitlin Taguibao and Andrea Manica, two artists from Toronto. Their work was selected by a panel with expertise in art photography and design. The selection considered several criteria, such as the creativity of the concept and the visual impact of the image.”

[Text on screen: Caitlin Taguibao and Andrea Manica, winning artists]

Caitlin Taguibao: “Well, I think we like to use birds in our imagery a lot and as symbol flight. Like goose, as it’s an easily recognizable symbol. So we thought we would play on that.”

[Screening of the winning artists work]

Narrator: “The artists have taken this very iconic Canadian symbol, the Canada goose and depicted it in these bold bright colours. You see these three geese flying together through flowers and leaves but their distinct colours also show us that they are three individual beings.”

Caitlin Taguibao: “We often use natural elements, birds, and flowers for our murals, so it can be symbolic without specifically representing like one person or another.’’

Narrator: “We’re very excited about showcasing this artwork and we think it will appeal to viewers with its beautiful forms and vibrant colours. We’re hoping that it’s something that will catch your eye and invite you to take a moment of your day to enjoy Canadian public art.”

Yasaman Mehrsa: “… and this was like really like a dream come true for me.”

Andrea Manica: “We’re happy that we were able to participate and we feel proud that you chose our work so thank you for that.”

[Text on screen: Mélina Lévesque, Canadian Heritage]

Mélina Lévesque: “Visit Canada’s capital region’s temporary exhibitions web page to access the artworks birds of a feather and unity through puzzle pieces you can do at home. We also invite you to share your experience on social media.’’

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