Public art

Take a walking tour and get a glimpse of the wonderful range of public art on display in Canada’s Capital.

Photo of two bronze alley cat sculptures perched on the roof of the Murray Street parking garage.

Alley Cats

The Murray Street parking garage, in Ottawa, is home to 14 bronze alley cats.

Statue of an Angel. For more details about this, follow the link.

Angel

This cast iron angel is located in the Beaux-Arts Court in the ByWard Market, in Ottawa.

Photo of a large-scale geometric piece of artwork made of red painted steel.

Aries

Aries is a colourful geometric sculpture at Commissioners Park, near Dows Lake in Ottawa.

Photo of five brightly coloured whimsical wooden figures balancing on a Y-shaped beam.

Balancing

Balancing greets visitors to the Rideau Canal Esplanade in downtown Ottawa.

Photo of a bronze sculpture of a boat outline and a bronze sculpture of a dog-wolf perched on a rock by the water.

Boat Sight

This work can be found at the eastern end of Portageurs Park, in Gatineau.

Photo of a sculpture of a steel column with rectangular-shaped cut-outs.

Commentary

This sculpture is installed at the southeast corner of the Portage Bridge at Laurier Street, in Gatineau.

Photo of an abstract bronze sculpture with a blue sky in the background.

Conjunction

This sculpture can be found at the Embassy of the United States of America, on Sussex Drive, in Ottawa.

Photo of a bronze sculpture representing a dancing bear.

Dancing Bear

This bronze sculpture, created in 1999, is located in the Jeanne d’Arc Court in the ByWard Market, in Ottawa.

Photo of a sculpture in the shape of a tree with a fountain running through it.

Great Lakes Fountain

This fountain is installed in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories, in Ottawa.

Photo of a stone inukshuk.

Inukshuk

This inukshuk stands on the grounds of Rideau Hall, in Ottawa.

Photo of a sculpture made of welded copper representing a family celebrating in a moment of intense joy.

Joy

This sculpture can be seen at the eastern end of Sparks Street, in Ottawa.

Photo of the head of the Kwakiutl totem pole with trees in the background.

Kwakiutl Totem

This totem pole is located on Slater Street, in Ottawa, at the edge of Confederation Park. It is the work of Kwakiutl artist Henry Hunt.

Photo of a paper-maché cloud with humourous characters, hanging from a building’s ceiling.

McClintock’s Dream

This whimsical, papier mâché cloud adorns the ByWard Market Building, in Ottawa. This lively and humorous work was created in 1978 by Victor Tolgesy...

Photo of an abstract red metal sculpture depicting open and closed walls.

Mur ouvert et fermé

This sculpture stands near Place du Portage, in Gatineau.

Photo of an abstract cello sculpted in stainless steel.

Musica

This stainless steel sculpture is installed on the outdoor terrace of the National Arts Centre (NAC), in Ottawa.

Photo of a nine-metre-long bronze casting of mythic aboriginal creatures.

Mythic Messengers

The sculpture Mythic Messengers can be seen on the facade of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau.

Photo of the artwork which is an enclosure created by large, multicoloured, transparent glass walls.

Papa

Papa is a work of public art installed on Hull Island in Gatineau.

Photo of abstracted people made of white-painted steel.

Personnages

This sculpture stands on the lawn of the Riverside Plaza of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau.

Photo of an installation of 64 vertical elements representing stylized trees which are made of wood, steel and reflective acrylic.

Réflexion

Réflexion is a destination artwork installed between Sacré-Cœur and Maisonneuve boulevards, in Gatineau.

Photo of an abstract cast iron sculpture.

Samothrace

Samothrace is on Sussex Drive, between the York Steps and the Connaught Building, in Ottawa.

Photo of a sculpture of a young man and young woman cuddling on a bench.

The Secret Bench of Knowledge

This sculpture, created in 1993 by Lea Vivot, can be found in front of Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa.

Photo of three parabolic forms in the shape of smooth rocks.

Three Forms by the Sea

Three Forms by the Sea is installed at the western end of Portageurs Park, in Gatineau.

Photo of the artwork which is a reconstruction of the facade from a house hanging off of the wall of a building.

Tin House

The Tin House can be found in Ottawa’s ByWard Market. This popular attraction was installed in 1973, and hangs on a building wall in a courtyard...

Image of a Totem pole. For more details about this, follow the link.

Totem

This totem pole stands on the eastern point of Victoria Island, in Ottawa.

Totem Pole

This totem pole stands on Sussex Drive, near Rideau Falls Park.

Photo of a red cedar sculpture that undulates up and down and connects in a loop.

Twelve Points in a Classical Balance

This work, created in 1981, is installed in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories, in Ottawa.

Photo of a sculpture created from Douglas fir in the form of a spiral motif.

Twist 1.5

Twist 1.5 is located in Major’s Hill Park, in Ottawa.

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