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Edmontonians encouraged to get snapping for public art-mapping project

Watch above: A newly-formed group called Open Edmonton is asking Edmontonians to keep their eyes open for unique pieces of public art in their own communities. Caley Ramsay explains why.

EDMONTON — It’s been said that art is in the eye of the beholder, and a local organization is hoping to use that notion to its advantage.

A newly-formed group called Open Edmonton is asking Edmontonians to keep their eyes open for unique pieces of public art right in their own communities.

The group is looking for hidden gems, including unique, unusual, beautiful or just down right strange pieces, in order to make a map of all the wonderfully weird and beautiful public art in and around Edmonton.

The project, which officially launched Thursday, is called OpenArtYEG.

“It has to do with two definitions: public and art,” explained David Rauch, co-founder of Open Edmonton.

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“Public is anything that can be seen from a public space without the use of a telephoto lens for at least four hours a day. And then art means anything, really anything that’s interesting to you. We’re not going to define it. That’s why we’re calling it ‘Open’ art yeg, it’s open.”

Rauch says the crowdsourcing task can only be done by the public, so Edmontonians are being asked to submit pictures of their favourite pieces of public art. All of the pictures submitted by the public will be curated onto an online map.

“What we really want is to have a one-stop shop for the public art, or just interesting things in the whole region,” explained Rauch. “We really want to make sure that all the cities around are incorporated too. And we want just a place that we can showcase our cultural heritage.”

Pictures can be submitted via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook — with the geotagging feature turned on — using the hashtag #OpenArtYEG. They can also be emailed to OpenArtYEG@gmail.com or mailed to Open Edmonton, 301 10359 – 104 Street NW, T5J 1B9.

The project continues into the winter, so it’s time to get snapping. For more information on the project, visit OpenArtYEG’s website.