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Art Installations

City of Waterloo Now/Then Youth Photography Project

See Waterloo through the camera lens of seven youth photographers (ages 10 to 17). In this exhibit, new photos of evolving Waterloo are set alongside shots of our uptown from days past (via the WPL local history archives). In this journey into the past these young artists have compared landmarks as they have changed or endured, developing a greater appreciation for their surroundings in the process. Come and see things through their lens, as we celebrate the opening of the exhibit.

Exhibit opening night: Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Main Library - Auditorium

Meet the photographers and their mentor photographer Jason Panda (artist/educator), enjoy light refreshments and learn more about the project.


Tree of Light

In celebration of arts, culture and cuisine on Final Fridays, the City of Waterloo will host a temporary interactive art installation by John Russell and Laura Harrison, in Waterloo Public Square.

"Tree of Light" is a place to gather, move and explore. Wander around the strings of lights as they warm up Waterloo Public Square and discover all the patterns you can create! Evoking a sense of wonder and warmth the display will reflect the twinkling lights as well as the city surrounding it. Snap a photo and see Waterloo from a different perspective.

John and Laura are a creative team from Guelph, Ont. Though they have very different professional backgrounds (in science and art) their creative passions have aligned in the exploration of lights in motion. They aim to spark curiosity about our everyday surroundings and encourage interaction with art and technology. 


'Look out!'

The term traffic calming describes interventions that make streets safer by reducing speeding and aggressive driving to increase pedestrian comfort and flow.

The City of Waterloo has installed ″Look out!″ a whimsical hedgehog and balloon art intervention by Katie Wilde at the William and Regina Street crosswalk. Katie is a Guelph-based visual artist with an affinity for nature, oddness and interactivity. She believes that art has the power to transform communities and alter peoples experience of their environment in a positive way. Art in unexpected places is one of this artists' greatest joys.

Photo Gallery: 'Look out!' by Katie Wilde will appear here on the public site.


For information on temporary art in public spaces, please see Public Art.