On Friday, December 2, the city of Mississauga officially unveiled their first privately commissioned public art in front of the Absolute towers. "Buen Amigo" by renouned Chilean artist Francisco Gazitua now graces downtown Mississauga with equine flare, honouring the past and present of intersection Hurontario and Burnhamthorpe.
“We knew we wanted this urban art exhibit, or urban work, to create a physically and visually engaging series of elements that would enhance and animate the Absolute community,” says Paulo Stellato, sponsor of the design competition and partner of Cityzen.
Both Mayor Hazel McCallion and Ed Sajecki, Planning Commissioner, were in attendance, as well as Mr. Matias Ahumada, Consular Officer in Charge of Cultural and Community Affairs in Chile.
We want to celebrate this landmark for Mississauga and hope that it is a continuing trend for developers to include mandatory public art in their developments, like in the city of Toronto. Thank you to the city of Mississauga for making this possible.
Now that Mississauga has its first privately commissioned artwork as part of the Absolute condo community, do you think it should be mandatory for the city to require these works in every development?