Windsor 125 Public Art Installation

Brick transformer casing

The City of Windsor unveiled a special new public art installation on Canada Day, July 1, 2017 at the transformer casing wall in the shared parking lot of the Chimczuk Museum, Art Gallery of Windsor and Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union.

The City of Windsor, with generous funding from the Canadian Department of Heritage, Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program invited Windsor artists to apply to create a Public Installation to Celebrate Windsor’s 125th Birthday. The artists were asked to create a work that would celebrate our birthday in a way that would become a permanent part of the stories told to Windsor residents and visitors for generations to come.

Photos of the final Public Art Installation and unveiling on July 1, 2017.

Large Wall

Artist: Christy Litster
Title: Windsor Snapshots

Windsor Snapshots highlights a few interesting people, places, things, and events that have shaped the history of The City of Windsor.

On this timeline, the viewer can learn about the illustrated subject and can also scan a QR code which links to a web page,, which has even more in-depth information. In this way, the mural is fully interactive and educational. In addition to learning more about each subject, the viewer has the opportunity to download a black and white colouring page of each of the panels to print and colour at home. We encourage the viewer to not only learn some new info on Windsor's history, but also become part of the art by asking “what are your Windsor Snapshots?”

Christy Litster is an artist and illustrator located in Windsor. She received her Bachelor of Design Specializing in Fashion at Ryerson University. Litster is a Fashion Illustrator Instructor at St. Clair College in the Fashion Design Technician Program. Litster is an active member of the arts community in Windsor and has produced, hosted and participated in over two dozen art exhibitions and events since 2010.

Small Wall

Artists: Alaa Elbarbary and Kristina Bradt
Title: Yesterday and Tomorrow

Thinking about the atmosphere of city environments, we have come to understand that the best ones embody a sense of evolution and change from the successes of the past. To us, Windsor is a place where the potential for collaboration and development gives our city its core appeal and its ability to flourish. In our design we want to incorporate that vision, depicting Windsor literally from the bottom up.

By highlighting the impact that our past has on our famous rose city, we immortalize Windsor’s past from its roots throughout the prohibition era and the auto industry. The middle panel of our installation depicts the current skyline of Windsor. Aligning it with the heart of the rose, we signify the people living within it, the moving, breathing core of the city. Having separate panels in our design works to emulate segments of past, present and future, while still fitting together to create a complete image of Windsor. This compilation of imagery speaks to the collective nature throughout the history of our city that we would like to unfold.

Alaa Elbarbary is a multimedia artist primarily focused on sculpture and painting. She explores a wide variety of themes that revolve around the human condition as a whole. As an Egyptian, raised in Saudi Arabia, and currently now living in Windsor, the multiculturalism that Alaa has been exposed to from a young age has inspired and is exhibited in much of her artwork.

Kristina Bradt is an artist originating from Windsor, Ontario, identifying as a sculptor and narrator in her artistic practice. Themes included in her work revolve around the study of people, their everyday surroundings and the connections and interactions between the two.

Public Art Installation Unveiling

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017 (Canada Day).
Time: 10:00 AM.
Location: Transformer Casing Wall in the Parking Lot at the Chimczuk Museum, Art Gallery of Windsor and Adventure Bay Family Water Park presented by WFCU Credit Union.

Call to Artists - Application phase is now closed - April 21, 2017 3pm

The City of Windsor, with generous funding from the Canadian Department of Heritage; Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program is inviting Windsor artists to participate in creating a Public Art Installation.

The City of Windsor is seeking to commission an artist or artist-led team to create a permanent new creation to be integrated onto the 2 facades of the transformer casing in the parking lot of 401 Riverside Drive. The commissioned artist(s) will be expected to complete the project by June 23 2017. Artists may apply for one or both of the locations with the deadline remaining firm.

Artwork must focus on the celebration of the City of Windsor’s 125th Birthday – commemorating the date in 1892 when assent was given to the incorporation of the City of Windsor – to help our community celebrate 125 years in an interesting and unique way. The final created work will commemorate the date in a way that becomes a permanent part of the stories that are told to the public for generations to come.

The competition is open to artists living in the City of Windsor, Ontario. Applications may be made by individual artists or a group of artist collaborators (all artist collaborators much be residents of the City of Windsor).
Budget for the project is Short Wall: $7,350 or Longer Wall: $14,650. Total budget for the public art project is $22,000.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Submission: April 21 2017 - 3pm. Application phase is now closed.
  • Winning project announcement: May 20 2017
  • Project Installation Deadline: June 23 2017
  • Project unveiling: July 1 2017

Important Documents

  • Artist Application - Please print and complete in OR fill in directly on the PDF. Please note the form cannot be saved online, and must be completed in one-sitting, and then printed, to avoid losing any of your entered information.


For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office as follows:

Michelle Staadegaard (nee Le Chien), Cultural Development Coordinator (A). Phone, 519-253-2300 ext. 2746. Email,

You may download all the required forms. Please see Related Links for all necessary forms and documents. Photos Flickr album of unveiling Project Guidelines Project Guidelines Application Form Artist Application Form Installation Location Installation Location Public Art - City of Windsor Public Art