2012: Leacock Chairs

Streets Alive! 2012 presents:
Leacock Chairs — Celebrating 100 years of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

Leacock Chairs

A public outdoor art exhibit presented by Streets Alive! Orillia

 Orillia’s Streets Alive! presents an innovative outdoor public art exhibit called Leacock Chairs.
The gallery will be Orillia’s city streets during the summer of 2012.

$20,000 in People’s Choice prize money

The 2012 Leacock Chairs outdoor art exhibit is well underway and the city of Orillia is abuzz with all things Leacock. The streets of Orillia’s downtown core will soon be home to 50 stunning pieces of art modelled on Stephen Leacock’s favourite reading/writing chair, which resides at the Leacock National Museum and Historic Site. Artists will be working with hand-crafted metal chair sculptures to transform them into original works of art.

Streets Alive! will unveil these sculptures on June 23 in the new Orillia Public Library community square on Mississaga Street. Come out to see these stunning works of art, meet the artists and vote for your top picks for the People’s Choice awards. People’s Choice voting will continue until July 28, when winners will be announced as part of Orillia’s Leacock Sidewalk Sale event. Five artists will share $20,000 in prize money.

The chairs will be on display in downtown Orillia from June 23 to late October. The exhibit will be supported with a guidebook featuring a map, a profile of each chair and artist, and sponsor information. At the end of the exhibit, several of the chairs will be sold through online auction. Proceeds will support Orillia’s Streets Alive! program in its ongoing work to promote Orillia as a premiere destination for outdoor art.

The Leacock Chairs project is an outdoor public celebration of art and creativity that you don’t want to miss!


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