West Harbour - James Street Plaza Public Art Project


Project Award

The Hamilton Waterfront Trust together with the City of Hamilton has completed 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.

The volunteer jury of citizens, artists and project stakeholders has selected the work "All Our Relations" by Angela DeMontigny and project partners* as the winning proposal.  Read the West Harbour James Street Plaza Public Art Project Jury Report (PDF, 114KB) for details of the discussion.

For more project details view the proposal for All Our Relations.

Installation is expected in the spring of 2021 upon completion of the James Street Plaza.

*project partners:
Cobalt Connects
Paull Rodrigue
LaFontaine IronWorks
Toque Innovations

Concept Statement by Angela DeMontigny

As an Indigenous designer and artist, I always acknowledge the importance of land, the natural world, the universe (sky world) and the spirit world. I wanted to provide a visual reminder - also in keeping with the
Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving address - to those who will live on the waterfront and those who visit, of the beauty that surrounds us every day and recognition of the Indigenous people whose land this was originally.
My concept for this public art piece recognizes and honours this - visually giving thanks to ‘All Our Relations’. The illustrations consist of the land, the water, the creatures that swim, the winged ones, the four leggeds and
the Thunderbirds, Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon, our ancestors the stars and the historical original peoples of this area, including the Haudenosaunee, Mississauga and other nations who have called this area

Description of the Work:

All Our Relations is a series of five, 40’ tall works made of steel and glass. Each piece presents the designs created by Angela Demontigny through the use of 10,000 handmade glass beads created by local craftsperson Paull Rodrigue. The beads are suspended in a steel structure - giving them strength and allowing the composition to remain true. The composition references the bead working practice of numerous Indigenous cultures, and more specifically the bead work within Angela’s fashion design practice.

Once installed, the glass in the works will allow the stunning light of the waterfront to influence the design, and they will cast a brilliant shows and colours throughout the James North Plaza


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 publicart@hamiltonwaterfront.com

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
Email:  publicart@hamiltonwaterfront.com


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