The 2021 Call for Artists is now open. Up to 11 pieces of art will be added to the Town's collection this year. Local artists can apply to have their artwork displayed on murals or utility boxes in various locations throughout Orangeville. Find details here

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 interact with the artist's themselves. Use our public art map to plan a self-guided walking tour. Find each location to discover over 70 unique pieces of art located throughout town.

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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

 

Tree Sculptures

Over 50 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