Time Sculpture…City of Guelph Millennium Project
Guelph City Council has approved a Time Sculpture as the official City Millennium Project. Proposed by the City’s Millennium Committee, the Time Sculpture represents an unique new twist on the age-old idea of a time capsule.

Rather than bury a time capsule in the ground or in a wall, the City of Guelph intends to commission a work of art that will enclose the time capsule component. Specifically, 1 975 Guelph residents will be invited to offer their personal time capsules, and 25 corporate sponsors will be invited to purchase 12-inch-square corporate capsules. All capsules will be sealed into the Time Sculpture during the final stages of its creation.

To accomplish this result, the City’s Millennium Committee
is inviting artists to enter a competition to design and execute an outdoor sculpture that can be installed in a permanent location in the park that is currently being developed around the River Run Centre site. The competition will be in two stages. The first deadline is November 12, 1999, after which three finalists will be selected to make presentations in mid-February 2000. The name of the commissioned artist will be announced on February 29, 2000.

The jury for both stages of the competition will include: Joseph Wyatt, associate curator public programming at Guelph’s Macdonald Stewart Art Centre; Monica Tap, artist and assistant professor at the University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music; and Guelph architect Stephen Gazzola. Guelph Arts Council is serving as facilitator for all facets of the competition.

The Time Sculpture will be a fitting tribute to the Millennium, recording and preserving both the present and the past for future generations. It will reflect both our achievements as a community and our dreams for the future, and it will also serve to recognize and celebrate the importance of the arts in Guelph. Finally, as a work of public art, the Time Sculpture will be available for all to enjoy for many years to come.

Interested corporate sponsors as well as artists wishing to receive the competition Terms of Reference can contact Guelph Arts Council, 147 Wyndham Street North – Suite 404, Guelph N1H 4E9. Phone: (519) 836-3280. Fax: (519) 766-9212.
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