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New art appears at Kamloops's Tournament Capital Centre

Freud's Ceiling, 2012, Cameroon Kerr
September 07, 2016 - 1:25 PM


KAMLOOPS - A new piece of public art has appeared at the Tournament Capital Centre.

The solid marble sculpture recenly installed in front of the recreation centre is titled "Freud’s Ceiling." The piece is by Cameron Kerr, a Vancouver based artist, and was commissioned by the city of Vancouver for its 125 anniversary.

The sculpture was donated to Kamloops's gallery by the artist as part of the Canadian Revenue Agency Cultural Properties Program, city arts manager Barbara Berger says.

"It’s a really awesome program," she says. "The community isn’t having to pay for it through our normal stream."

"Freud’s Ceiling" is based on a pattern Kerr saw while visiting Sigmund Freud’s former home in London, England. Its shape references architecture as well as the rods and cones in an eye, according to the press release. 

While the sculpture was donated, it cost the city about $5,000 to install it and another $800 for the accompanying plaque, Berger says. Through the program, the artist still gets remunerated through tax exemptions from the federal government, Berger says.

Kerr’s work has been showcased by the gallery before, with one of his pieces on permanent display outside the Thompson-Nicola Regional District building on Victoria Street, where the gallery is housed, and an exhibition inside the gallery.

— This story was updated at 3:25 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 with new information from city arts, cultural and heritage manager Barbara Berger.

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