With less than a month to go before the start of Canada’s 150th year, a mosaic celebrating the event is still looking for a home.
The mosaic was created this summer as part of the Canada 150 Mosaic tile project.
Coun. Andre Martin wanted to know whether a location had been decided on for Penticton’s piece of the larger project which includes over 80,000 paintings and 150 individual murals. The concept had local artists to create a mural depicting the community, with each tile representing an individual vision.
Martin said he didn’t want to just begin celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in July. He would rather see the acknowledgments begin earlier.
Coun. Judy Sentes noted that there is still money that needs to be raised for the project, referring to a report from the Arts, Creative and Cultural Innovations committee.
“The discussion also indicates there is a shortage of $2,000 on the project that needs to be paid,” said Sentes. “It would appear what they are trying to do is find a sponsor for that, which may dictate where the actual mosaic will be displayed.”
Sentes listed off a number of suggested locations, including the new Cascade Casino, the Shatford Centre.
Coun. Campbell Watt, who sits on that committee, agreed that finding a donor might influence the final location.
“The committee has many locations they are trying to pinpoint and find the best spot, but part of where it may go would be based on the shortfall, currently of $2,000,” said Watt.