Public art depicting travel, souvenirs to be installed at the Region of Waterloo International Airport

BRESLAU — Six works of public art depicting journeys, displacements and memories will be on display at the Region of Waterloo International Airport by this fall.

“I am very happy that one of my pieces has been selected,” said Ernest Daetwyler of Atwood, one of four artists whose works will be installed at Breslau airport.

Daetwyler, sculptor and visual artist, created a wall made of children’s toys. The plastic toys are securely screwed and bolted to plywood measuring five meters by about two meters.

The piece, titled “The Wall of Nightmares and Dreams”, features groups of toys – construction toys, robots, Barbies and trucks. Everyone can see familiar toys on the wall, Daetwyler said.

“It’s a microcosm of society. The world is getting smaller,” he said. “Everything seems small from the top of the clouds,” he said.

Daetwyler, 57, said he was inspired to create the piece from his experience as the parent of a girl, now 16. He collected “bags and sacks of toys” from garage sales and the Salvation Army for the play, he said.

Daetwyler also has other artwork on display in the area, including “The Luggage Project” in Kitchener’s Victoria Park and “Past/Present/Future,” a montage of different spheres at the corner of Queen and Weber streets.

Other pieces to be installed at the airport include oil paintings of people walking through the urban crowd, which will be placed in the departure lounge and a three-dimensional structure representing a suitcase which will be mounted from the ceiling above the carousel in the baggage claim area. .

The hanging piece, “Memory and Temporal Exchange,” reflects the memories and experiences that people take with them on their personal journeys.

The region’s director of cultural services, Helen Chimirri-Russell, said the region has invited local artists to submit proposals to exhibit their work in May. Twenty-two submissions with 55 works were reviewed. A selection committee reduced this number to six works of art.

The artwork will be installed in the fall and will be on display for up to two years, Chimirri-Russell said.

The pandemic has been a huge disruption to the cultural sector and many artists have been unable to exhibit their work, Chimirri-Russell said. The airport exhibition is an opportunity to present works of art that artists have not been able to exhibit for the past two years.

“The pandemic has been a difficult time and many have never exhibited their art,” she said.

Artists will be paid for their work, covering their fees and other costs such as transportation and installation of pieces.

“These are bold and exciting pieces. It will give people something to talk about,” she said.

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