Art in Transit Celebrates City of Ottawa Public Art Program with Pilot Billboard Art Project

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 28, 2015) -

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Art in Transit, PATTISON Outdoor Advertising's arts programme, and the City of Ottawa are proud to announce the launch of a new public arts initiative.

As part of Ottawa's Public Art Program and its 30 year celebration of providing public art opportunities for artists in Ottawa, the Public Art Program is partnering with Art in Transit on the cARTe blanche pilot project. The project will display, on PATTISON Outdoor advertising billboards, images that outline artists' imagined concepts for future public art projects within Ottawa.

cARTe blanche projects were selected by an independent professional arts Peer Assessment Committee. The five selected artworks by local artists will appear for eight weeks on billboards in the following locations:

  • Jean-François Lacombe, A Beacon in a Concrete Sea - 935 Gladstone Avenue (facing West)
  • Christos Pantieras, Clickbait - 935 Gladstone Avenue (facing East)
  • Alisdair MacRae, Billboard for the Homeless - 1020 Somerset Street (facing West)
  • Annette Hegel and Timothy Hunt, The Group of Seven, Set Adrift - 2026 Scott Street (facing West)
  • Tony Fouhse and Paul Cavanaugh, Poster, Rebel Action Plan - 2026 Scott Street (facing East)

"PATTISON Outdoor is delighted to help celebrate Ottawa Public Art Program's 30th anniversary and the enrichment of the city's cultural landscape," said Eric Schaff, Sales Manager, PATTISON Outdoor Advertising. "Ottawa has been at the forefront of arts and cultural enrichment in Canada, and the opportunity for our Art in Transit programme to partner with projects like cARTe blanche and to feature outstanding works of art that promote creativity and innovation is a pleasure."

The billboard pilot project began on May 18, and the artworks will be on display for eight weeks until early July.

"The City of Ottawa Public Art Program is excited to partner with PATTISON Outdoor Advertising's Art in Transit programme on the cARTe blanche billboard project as part of our 30th anniversary celebration," said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee. "As a pilot project that will showcase imagined concept images for future public art, each of the five selected images will connect residents and visitors to the work of Ottawa's dynamic visual artists. The goal is that the work will provide new and unexpected visual experiences for one-time or repeat viewers, and will spark a creative vision for future public art in Ottawa."

For more information about cARTe blanche and the City of Ottawa Public Art Program's 30th anniversary activities and events, visit

The artwork, themes or services offered in cARTe blanche are those of the artists and do not represent those of the City of Ottawa or PATTISON Outdoor Advertising.

About PATTISON Outdoor Advertising:

PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, a division of The Jim Pattison Group, is Canada's largest Out-of-Home advertising company. Since 1908, PATTISON has been providing innovative solutions for Out-of-Home advertising opportunities with products ranging from traditional billboards and posters to transit, digital, airports, mall, residential, office, and street furniture. PATTISON also offers Canada's largest portfolio of Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) advertising properties, through PATTISON Onestop, a world-leader in the design, operation, and advancement of digital advertising networks for the office, transportation, sports retail, and residential environments, and with its experiential/interactive development arm at Fourth Wall. PATTISON is headquartered in Toronto Ontario and includes 25 sales offices across the country providing advertisers unmatched reach and coverage with products available in nearly 200 markets coast to coast. PATTISON Outdoor Advertising is the exclusive supplier for advertising on the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) transit system.

About Art in Transit:

Art in Transit represents PATTISON Onestop's ongoing arts and culture programme, presenting thought-provoking projects that enhance our shared environment and transports commuters, shoppers and city-dwellers, if only momentarily, out of their daily routines. @ArtTransit

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Contact Information:

For more information on PATTISON Outdoor Advertising:
Joe Donaldson, Vice President, Marketing
PATTISON Outdoor Advertising

For more information on Art in Transit:
Sharon Switzer, National Arts Programmer and Curator

PATTISON Outdoor's arts programme partners with the City of Ottawa to display conceptual artworks on billboards.