Landmarks: Public Art in the Capital Region
A work of art, especially one that lives in a public space, often serves to underline the gap between the art world and the wider public. Artworks that have their genesis in public policy in particular are often an exercise in balancing risk and reward on a number of levels. Some works of public art, for various reasons or perhaps by their nature can become a lightning rod for commentary and opinion while others, for reasons of content, time or context seem to fly under the radar.
The artworks contained in this website are the result of the public art programs of municipal councils in the capital region of greater Victoria that have adopted public art policies. It is the first time that all the municipally-owned works of public art are (virtually) accessible in one place.
Navigate through the maps and menus to find public art by municipality and neighborhood or by specific artists and media. Interested individuals can also find information, where it exists, on the public art policies of each municipality.
The Capital Regional District is a regional government comprised of 13 municipalities and three electoral districts on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Seven municipalities, Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands contribute to the Capital Regional District Arts Development Service of which four have public art or "Percent for Art" policies in place.
The Landmarks website is a cooperative effort of the municipalities who support the Arts Development Service of the Capital Regional District and is an extension of the lecture series of the same name which has presented speakers and discussions on a wide range of topics relating to public art.