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

READ MORE: City of Penticton continues public sculpture exhibit


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