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Ceramic Fins of Centennial Square Fountain by Jack Wilkinson


Ceramic Fins of Centennial Square Fountain by Jack Wilkinson
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Artwork DescriptionThree mosaic monoliths and circular balustraded rim with 26 arches. Artwork depicts the three fundamental stages of everyman's life. Wilkinson, architect Alan Hodgson, and Rod Clack (city planner) designed the concept for the Centennial Square fountain and Wilkinson created the mosaic monoliths. As part of downtown revitalization program, much of the block around City Hall was reorganized to create a public square and recreational amenity, with the fountain being the focal point. Neighbouring municipalities gifted the fountain to the city to mark its 100th birthday.

About Jack Wilkinson

Dates1927 (Windsor, ON) - 2007 (Victoria)
Artist BioJack Wilkinson, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, was a highly influential artist and art administrator during the 1960s and 1970s for both the municipality of Victoria and the Province of BC. In the 1960's he was staff artist and senior architectural draftsman for Provincial Department of Public Works, and in 1973 he wrote that department's art policy. Wilkinson was also the chairman for the Provincial Committee on Art and supervised the procurement of 600 artworks to be added to the provincial collection. Additionally, his role allowed him to organize the art commissions for new provincial buildings during this time. In 1975 Wilkinson decided to work full-time on his art career, and subsequently exhibited his artwork in numerous galleries in BC, Alberta and Ontario. His work is part of many private collections in Canada. He was also commissioned to create major public art pieces, including a sculpture at the BC Provincial School for the Deaf in Burnaby and Royal British Columbia Museum's Carillon tower.
Artist ResumeWestham Municipal College Newport College of Art Medway College

Details

Artwork TypeMosaic
Medium500,000 pieces of Italian glass mosaic
Reference #3744
SiteCity Hall, #1 Centennial Square
Art CategoryCivic Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: Invitational / Commissioned
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: Downtown

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