The Downtown Windsor Business Revitalization Association and the Downtown Windsor BIA are thrilled to announce a number of art projects that comprise Phase I of their long-awaited Art Alley.
Supported by the federal government, Foundations of Canada and the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, exciting new works encompass significant art installations in the core, including graffiti art and a magnificent lampshade art installation. These pieces are developed by some of the region’s finest artists and brought to the community by the Downtown Windsor Business Revitalization Association, the Downtown Windsor BIA, the Downtown Districting Committee, the City of Windsor, and partner contractors.
The Lampshade Installation project is set to transform the alleyway into an attractive, safe, functional public space, which will increase the footprint of programmable and accessible spaces at the Pelissier Street Parking Garage and the abutting alleyway. It will support economic and social benefits for numerous community groups, and bring added value to the products and offerings of vendors participating at the Farmers’ Market and Night Markets, in addition to supporting and benefiting neighbouring businesses.
“These immersive, interactive artworks are intended to revitalize downtown and regenerate what has been an under-utilized public space, while increasing accessibility and economic activity,” said Pat Papadeas, Vice Chair of the Downtown Windsor Business Revitalization Association.
Each of the lampshade artists are renowned in their own right, and include Julia Hall, Kiki Simone, Talysha Bujold-Abu, Tony Castro, and Ostoro Petahtegoose. A special highlight is the work of local graffiti artist, DERKZ.
For more information and artist’s bios, visit www.downtownwindsor.ca/art-alley