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Vancouver artist Myfanwy MacLeod wins Olympic commission

Date uploaded: February 3, 2009

Vancouver artist Myfanwy MacLeod has won the first public-art commission in the City of Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic legacy program, but residents are likely to be denied the first look at the artwork, which is to be installed on the main plaza of the Olympic Village at Southeast False Creek.

"There'll be a security zone around the Olympic Village in the plaza throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games times," Bryan Newson, the city's public-art program manager, explained. "Chances are it [the sculpture's installation] will be finishing up just about the same time as the plaza and Olympic Village, and may not be available to the public until the security is lifted."

Details of the project, whose budget is $600,000, are being kept closely under wraps. Newson would only reveal that the work will be a sculpture made up of two separate pieces, and he assured it would be "accessible".

MacLeod was selected from more than 100 applicants from around the globe. Until November 17, the City of Vancouver is also accepting submissions for another Olympic and Paralympic legacy public-art commission at the west end of Georgia Street.


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