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West Harbour - James Street Plaza Public Art Project


The Hamilton Waterfront Trust together with the City of Hamilton are currently undertaking a public art process to commission a permanent public art work(s) for the James Street North Plaza as part of the Redevelopment of the waterfront on Piers 5 to 7.

Public Consultation

A jury of volunteer citizens and artists have reviewed 24 submissions and shortlisted 6 for Public Consultation.

Goals and Themes

The public art work should be a beacon - visible along James Street North - marking the entrance to the West Harbour and recalling an aspect of the city's historic connection with water; natural, recreational and industrial (or the interrelation of these elements).  The work should celebrate reconnection to the water's edge being advanced currently through the West Harbour development.

The public was invited to provide comments both online at the City of Hamilton website and at the Williams Fresh Cafe - Waterfront (47 Discovery Drive) from November 4 to 24, 2019.


Comments provided by members of the public online and at Williams Fresh Cafe - Public Opinion Survey is now closed.  The jury is reviewing comments and would like to thank you for your participation.

Call for Artists

The Call for Artists closed on June 27, 2019. We received 24 submissions and would like to thank the artists who made proposals to this competition.

Call for Artists

Appendix A - Submission Form

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E

Appendix E - Archaeological

Appendix E - Cultural Heritage




Focus Group

A focus group was held on March 12, 2019 to advise on specific goals and themes related to the West Harbour – James Street Plaza Public Art Project that artists submitting to the competition will be asked to address in their proposals.  Please share any comments or concerns by April 23, 2019 by email to

View the West Harbour - James Street Plaza Focus Group Report here.

Contact Us

Werner Plessl /  Penny Ulbinas
Hamilton Waterfront Trust
47 Discovery Drive, Hamilton
Phone:  905-523-4498 ext. 22

Hamilton Waterfront