Discover Orangeville's growing collection of public art. Tree sculptures, utility boxes, murals, and statues can be found throughout our community. The medians along Broadway, our Town's main street, add to Orangeville's artistic flair. Downtown shops and studios give you the chance to discover more artwork and connect with the artists themselves. Use our online map to plan a self-guided walking tour or download the Driftscape app for a more interactive experience. Find each location to discover over 70 unique pieces of art located throughout town or opt for the Top Ten Tour to explore the must-see stops.

Tree Sculptures

Over 40 tree sculptures are part of this unique art collection. Artists from across Ontario have used imagination and skill to transform local trees into artwork. The popular program began in 2003 and will entice you to wander tree-lined streets in search of the whole collection.

Dragon Tree Sculpture

Coyote Tree Sculpture

Nature's Unity Tree Sculpture

Tree Sculpture Pelicans

Utility Box Art Displays

Functional utility boxes throughout Orangeville have been transformed into colourful pieces of art. Since 2016, the work of local artists has been featured at select locations. The program continues to grow with an annual Call for Artists.

Artist with utility box art in Orangeville

Utility Box Art in Orangeville

Utility Box Art in Orangeville

The Mantis Queen sculpture

The Mantis Queen is a large-scale sculpture located in front of the Visitor Information Centre. Standing at seven metres and weighing a ton, the interactive sculpture has a commanding presence with arms that spin and rotate in the breeze.

Designed and created by award-winning artist Ron Baird, the Mantis Queen was commissioned at a private residence in Dufferin County. When the sculpture’s owner moved to Orangeville, the piece was donated anonymously to the Town of Orangeville, and located to this property in the spring of 2017 

The location of the Mantis Queen at the edge of the Credit Valley Conservation area was considered ideal due to the complementary natural environment, proximity to Island Lake, and the ability to provide easy and safe public viewing access. Building on the generosity of the sculpture’s original owner, Glen Echo Nurseries created the habitat for the Mantis Queen, donating all landscaping materials and labour. 

Large metal sculpture of a praying mantis

 

Bravery Park Statue

The centrepiece at Orangeville’s Bravery Park is a bronze statue of a Canadian soldier kneeling before two Afghan children who are presenting him with a butterfly. Created by local artists Donna Pascoe and Peter Turrell, the piece took many hours to conceptualize, and received input from different parties, including Canadian soldiers themselves.

The statue is intended to show the compassion that our soldiers are renowned for, through the kneeling posture of the solder and the kindness of his expression. The butterfly offered by the children is a Giant Swallowtail which signifies new beginnings brought about by change and transformation, in purity and wisdom.

Bronze statue of solider kneeling in front of two children

In creating the model for the statue of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan, Ms. Pascoe says she tried to imagine the thoughts and feelings soldiers and citizens must have struggled with every day. “There had to be issues of duty, trust and fear. In the end, I chose to show a compassionate human side reflected in the heartfelt exchange between two children and the kind soldier kneeling in front of them.”

The statue is mounted in the centre of a Canadian Victoria Cross; the highest and most prestigious award of the Canadian honours system; awarded for valour, self-sacrifice, or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.