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New banners fly over Spirit Square

From left: Rotarian Barry Watchorn, Heather Hughson-Magee of the Campbell River Arts Council, past-president of Daybreak Rotary Darryn Striga, current president of Daybreak Rotary Dave Bazowski, banner committee lead Glen Clark, Rotarians Ron Fisher and Carolyn Henshall, Spirit Square assistant Ashley Adie, Keith Plamondon of Epic Design Studio, and manager of Spirit Square Jim Creighton celebrate the unveiling of the new Spirit Square banners, designed by local artist Alex Witcombe. - Mike Davies/The Mirror
From left: Rotarian Barry Watchorn, Heather Hughson-Magee of the Campbell River Arts Council, past-president of Daybreak Rotary Darryn Striga, current president of Daybreak Rotary Dave Bazowski, banner committee lead Glen Clark, Rotarians Ron Fisher and Carolyn Henshall, Spirit Square assistant Ashley Adie, Keith Plamondon of Epic Design Studio, and manager of Spirit Square Jim Creighton celebrate the unveiling of the new Spirit Square banners, designed by local artist Alex Witcombe.
— image credit: Mike Davies/The Mirror

Spirit Square at the Tyee Plaza has a new aesthetic thanks to Daybreak Rotary, the Campbell River Arts Council and Epic Design Studio.

"Since the square was first put in, something was lacking," said Spirit Square manager Jim Creighton at the unveiling of the new banners which now fly on the uprights around the venue. "But right now, we're happy with the way it looks. It's just fantastic."

Creighton said he was approached by Daybreak Rotary asking if they could contribute anything to the locale, and he immediately thought, "Let's see if we can get some banners flying," he said.

The groups set out to find an artist, and with help from the Campbell River Arts Council, remembered Alex Witcombe's design from the wrap proposals when the designs were chosen for the PRV boxes around the city.

Once the design was chosen, Epic Design Studio, who had produced the previously installed banners in the square, was tasked with finding a material to create them as well as produce and install the work.

Heather Hughson-Magee of the Arts Council said it's important when considering public art that it not be controversial, and instead be aesthetically pleasing for everyone, which she thinks the banners are.

"It's a design I think everyone will enjoy," she said.

The banners will remain in place through the fall season, and be taken down for the winter to avoid damage from weather before being reinstalled in the spring.

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