Iranian sculptor Zohreh Vahidifard was one of the artists chosen to participate in the first Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition in 2106. This piece, 30 Birds, in 2015 was featured in the Castlegar SculptureWalk. (Mark Brett - Western News file photo)

Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition adds virtual tours

Residents will soon be able to view the new sculpture displays on lakeshore walkway through an app

The Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition, which would usually kick off with a public artists’ reception and opening ceremony, will be launching a bit differently this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 exhibit will be adding a virtual tour to promote social distancing.

READ MORE: Video: City of Penticton’s 2019 Public Sculpture Exhibition

“This program has been very successful over the past four years and we are excited to see it carry on this year, adding a virtual element as well,” said the city’s recreation business supervisor, Kelsey Johnson.

“Most of the steps in the process of procuring and showcasing the exhibit had taken place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, apart from the actual installation of the sculptures. We wanted to see the rest of the project continue in order to provide our residents with an arts and culture experience at a time when we aren’t able to offer as much.”

Since 2016, Penticton has welcomed a new set of public art displays along the lakeshore walkway.

Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition is a year-long event designed to display a variety of sculptures for the public to enjoy. This year’s exhibit will showcase artists from around B.C. and will be on display from May 15, 2020, to April 30, 2021.

Beginning June 1, residents will be able to enjoy the 2020-2021 sculpture displays via a virtual walking app in place of a traditional walking tour.

“Arts and culture is a very important aspect in this city as we continue to create vibrancy in our downtown. Although many 2020 projects had to be put on hold this year, council and I are happy to see that this program could continue to give our residents a cultural experience along our lakeshore walkway,” said Mayor of Penticton, John Vassilaki.

Residents can use the virtual walking app and learn more about the sculpture program, including sculptures from past years, by visiting penticton.ca/publicart.

READ MORE: City of Penticton continues public sculpture exhibit

@PentictonNews
editor@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

ChargerQuest expands its EV charging network into Kelowna

The new stations can be found at Manteo Beach Resort and the Eldorado Hotel

Kelowna resident warns North Glenmore community of active thieves in the area

Two thieves stole a pontoon boat from a residence on May 23

Summerland once had Old English theme

Design guidelines were introduced in late 1980s

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Penticton Search and Rescue airlifts injured mountain biker near Naramata

The Penticton Fire Department initially took the call and attended to the injured biker.

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Vancouver Foundation grants benefit Okanagan-Shuswap residents

Grants of up to $500 available for ideas that connect people socially or involve sharing skills

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Water quality advisory rescinded for Central Okanagan system

Turbidity levels improve enough to rescind advisory issued for Killiney Beach system May 11

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

UPDATE: Two sent to hospital following Okanagan highway accident

Drivers in head-on collision air-lifted to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries

Most Read