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Playful art to finish child care centre

Ron Hart and Michael Fugeta designed a unique fence section for a new child care centre. -
Ron Hart and Michael Fugeta designed a unique fence section for a new child care centre.
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City council didn’t waste time sitting on the fence this week before approving a new public art installation in East Richmond.

The artwork will be installed at the future city-owned child care centre in Hamilton—and become part of the fence. The $10,000 art project will replace selected wood pickets with coloured metal varieties, each with its own colourful animal character.

Named the Cranberry Children’s Centre and scheduled for completion this summer, the facility is a result of a rezoning agreement for a neighbouring bus operations and maintenance facility. As part of the agreement, the city netted a one-hectare site at 23591 Westminster Hwy. and $1.77 million in cash to build the child care centre.

The Society of Richmond Children’s Centres will operate the 33-space, 3,400-square-foot facility.

Public art will be designed by Ron Hart and Michael Fugeta, whose proposal—one of 14 received by the city—won unanimous favour from a five-member panel and supported by council’s Public Art Advisory Committee.

“The committee noted the selected artwork is very age-appropriate, playful, colourful and lively artwork and they were impressed with the thoughtfulness of the artists,” according to a staff report.

Cranberry Children’s Centre, so named in January by city council, got its title from the history books. The land was once covered in wild cranberries, and the area’s namesake, Alexander Hamilton, was a berry farmer, according to the city.

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