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Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett awarded public art bid for Dartmouth Sportsplex

Award-winning Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett has been selected to design, create, and install pieces of art for the newly-updated facility.
Award-winning Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett has been selected to design, create, and install pieces of art for the newly-updated facility. Provided/ Halifax Regional Municipality

Award-winning Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett has been chosen to create a public art project for the newly-renovated Dartmouth Sportsplex.

Bennett, who is from Newfoundland but is moving to the Halifax area shortly, will be installing the pieces in time for the Sportsplex’s grand re-opening in January 2019.

“I’m very excited. It’s a huge honour to be able to put some of the artwork that I’ve been working on in the public space,” Bennett said.

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The $200,000 public art project will include a wall-mounted feature for the new main entrance and include a design to fill 1,500-square-feet of interior window space.

Bennett says he doesn’t want to reveal too much about his design but says it will incorporate a lot of local Mi’kmaq culture.

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“A lot of it deals with looking at Mi’kmaq cultural porcupine quill designs and our rich visual culture that we’ve had for countless generations,” he said.

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A lot of his design will tell stories connected with Mi’kmaq territory, he added.

A sample of Jordan Bennett's public art work.
A sample of Jordan Bennett's public art work. Jordan Bennett
A sample of Jordan Bennett's public art work.
A sample of Jordan Bennett's public art work. Jordan Bennett
A sample of Jordan Bennett's public art work.
A sample of Jordan Bennett's public art work. Jordan Bennett
A sample of Jordan Bennett's public art work.
A sample of Jordan Bennett's public art work. Jordan Bennett

The request for proposals for this project received 33 submissions, which were reviewed by a jury that included members of the arts community.

Regional Council approved a policy in 2008 that stipulates one per cent of the total construction costs of new or renovated public municipal facilities will be invested in public art.

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