Submissions sought for Tamarac Street Bridge public artwork – Campbell River Mirror

One or more of Campbell River’s accomplished artists may soon have a large “canvas” on which to show off their skills.

The Campbellton Neighborhood Association (ANC) is asking local artists to submit their proposals for a mural to be painted on the Tamarac Street Bridge. This bridge carries northbound traffic from Highway 19 over the Campbell River.

The mural will highlight a new public “parkette” that will be located next to the bridge. The ANC will ask the successful artist or artists to create a large salmon-themed mural on the east side of the bridge. It will run the full length of the plot.

Artists have until 4 p.m. on March 18 to submit their proposals for consideration. Full details of the call for artists can be found on the AIIC website.

The Town of Campbell River and the ANC have been working together on plans for the small Bridge Viewpoint Park as part of the ANC’s recent efforts to beautify and revitalize the new “Campbellton River Village”, and to provide public spaces for seeing and enjoying the Campbell River.

“Bridge Viewpoint Park will be a beautiful new park that will dramatically enhance our waterfront neighborhood,” CNA President Laurel Cronk said in a news release.

“With support from the Town of Campbell River, the Island Coastal Economic Trust, the Campbell River Arts Council and local artists, we hope this will be a welcoming place where locals and tourists alike can enjoy the river and art, appreciate the wildlife and watch the many activities that take place along the river.

At more than 50 feet long, the mural will help visitors feel like they’re in the river with the salmon, according to the press release.

The small park will be accented with natural furnishings, decorative placement of rocks and gravel, and other salmon-themed public art. The artistic enrichment of this park is made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Island Coastal Economic Trust’s THRIVE grant.

The city’s parks department is expected to begin construction of the small park this spring, with painting of the mural taking place in April and May.

“This is one of many ANC projects that give pride of place to the Village of Campbellton River,” said Councilor Ron Kerr. “The small park will provide access to our heritage river and provide public art to enhance the visitor experience.

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