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.”
New Barrie Landmark
H.I.O. Chiefs – by Barrie artist Aylan Couchie – atop Pratt Homes’ The Gallery on Essa Road#Barrie #TheGallery @AylanX @PrattHomes @Rock95Barrie
More to come…. pic.twitter.com/JfTh8ANb1J
— ROCK 95 News (@ROCK95NEWS) May 27, 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.