Public Art

Precedent: Art may be represented as standing permanent or temporary installations

Public art is an art installation that resides within the public realm. Art plays an important role in building the University’s identity. It provides opportunities to create a unique environment and enhance the quality and experience of the public realm. It is a means in which to convey the history and culture of Indigenous peoples. Public art also serves as an orienting and wayfinding mechanism, and can be used as a gateway feature located at key entrances into the Campus, along pedestrian corridors, at the terminus of streets, and within all open spaces. Art can be used to frame or terminate views as a focal point, or add interest to a streetscape or open space.


  • Art may be represented as permanent or temporary installations, water features, recreational features, furniture, landscaping, architectural design and signage.
  • Art can function as an interpretive and educational tool and should be used as a means of telling the story of Indigenous peoples.
  • The scale of art installations should correspond to the visual prominence of the site.
  • At the planning of each phase of development, key locations for art within the public realm should be identified so that it can be integrated into the design.
  • Temporary installations are encouraged as opportunities to animate the winter landscape, to create a dynamic campus environment year round, and to engage the community.
  • All art within the Open Space Framework should be publicly accessible.
  • Art should be used as a means of visibly representing and building Indigenous peoples’ culture and identity on campus, and should be located in key locations and within significant places.