Mississauga has turned a winter tree maintenance program into a colourful art display in the city centre.
Along a north and south stretch of Hurontario St. at Burnhamthorpe Rd., the trees are part of an installation called “Sun-SET,” featuring 45 oak trees covered in bright printed fabric. Created by artists, Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft of architectural design firm, Polymetis, the display represents a sunset that signals a new dawn for the city in terms of building projects, as well as addressing a theme of environmental stewardship and our appreciation of it.
The temporary display is part of ongoing efforts by the city to bring art into public spaces and infuse some vibrancy and colour during the winter months, says Paul Damaso, city culture division director. Traditionally, the trees have been wrapped in plain, brown burlap during the winter months to protect them from harsh weather conditions.
Sun-SET was selected through a public competition by a jury comprised of art professionals and other experts. The display continues until the spring of 2018.