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City seeks artist to design facade of new RCMP building

The winning artist will receive $10,000
Artist rendering of the new Prince Rupert RCMP building showing location of artwork on the facade.

As the new RCMP detachment is taking shape at the corner of 3rd Avenue and McBride, the city is looking for an artist who will ultimately put the finishing touches on the facade.

Artist submissions should address one of the following themes: Community safety and Restorative Justice; Celebration of our Natural Environment, Area Wildlife and/or Heritage; City of Rainbows/diversity and inclusion; Healing and Reconciliation (Artists interpretation).

“The new police detachment is a project that will serve our community for generations to come, and will be a real anchoring development at the entrance to downtown,” said Mayor Herb Pond. “We wanted to take the opportunity to showcase a local artist and also to celebrate what makes Prince Rupert unique with this opportunity.”

The city is currently accepting submissions until July 31 and will award three cash prizes in September.

First prize is $10,000 and that artwork will be incorporated into the RCMP detachment building. Second and third prizes are $6,500 and $3,500 respectively and those designs will be considered for use elsewhere in the community.

The top three designs will be selected by a committee with the final decision on the winning design to be made by city council.

Construction is currently slated for completion in 2024.

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After graduating with a geology degree from Carleton University and taking a detour through the high tech business, Thom started his journalism career as a fact-checker for a magazine in Ottawa in 2002.
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