They stand proudly atop ‘The Gallery’ condominiums on Essa Road near Highway 400.
H.I.O. Big Chiefs.
Created by Barrie artist Aylan Couchie – commissioned by developer Pratt Homes – the Big Chiefs “pay tribute to the First Nations that lived, fought and shaped what Simcoe County has come to be.”
— 107.5 Kool Fm News (@KOOLFMNEWS) May 28, 2018
In addition, with the help of The MacLaren Art Centre, the works of local artists are featured prominently through the development – in lobbies and hallways.
Another Blending of Art and Housing
Pratt Homes President Karen Hansen notes it’s not the first time they have incorporated art into a project. For instance, the Yonge Station development near Barrie South GO Station includes railway-inspired sculptures. She says it won’t be the last.