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Public Artist Announced for OPL-LAC Joint Facility

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An exciting new milestone for the Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility:  UK- artists Jason Bruges Studio have been awarded the Artist in the Design Team commission for the project by the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program.

With more than 17 years’ experience, Jason Bruges is an internationally acclaimed artist who creates stunning interactive art installations that blend art, architecture and technology. A master story-teller, Jason Bruges is excited to create an iconic artwork in the nation’s capital that will draw on local narratives while positioning the site as a national centre of design excellence.

His work has been commissioned by high profile institutions such as the V&A, the Natural History Museum in London, the Tate Modern and Tate Britain museum.  In addition, the studio has built installations all over the world including Canada, the US, France, Germany, and China.





The “Artist on Design Team” commission for the joint facility was awarded by the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program. Seventy-four national and international artists submitted their work for consideration during this two-stage competitive process. Learn more about the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program.

OPL customers and everyone interested will have the opportunity to meet artists from Jason Bruges Studio, view initial artwork approaches for the new joint facility, and give feedback at an upcoming Inspire555 public consultation in August. Stay tuned!