Gore Park Beacons Public Art Project

Image banner of Gore Park over the years

The City of Hamilton is undertaking a public art competition to select digital imagery for two 9 metre high steel and glass beacon structures to be located at the west and east ends of the recently revitalized Gore Park at the center of downtown Hamilton.


You are invited to join us in celebrating the installation of the first of two new beacon features in Gore Park entitled “Music City Markers,” by Dave Kuruc.

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 7 to 7:30 pm
Location: Gore Park, near James Street (western entrance)


The commission has been awarded to Dave Kuruc for his proposal Music City Markers (PDF, 950 KB). The first of the two beacon features displaying the work is expected to be installed late spring of 2017.

For more information please review the Jury Report (PDF, 113 KB)

Consultation survey results

View comments received as of March 20, 2017 (PDF, 185 KB)

Artists were asked to address the following vision statement and one or more of the themes in their proposals.

Vision Statement for the Park

“The Gore is an urban oasis at the City’s crossroads. People gather to share their heritage, participate in leisure and entertainment, and enjoy diverse shopping and dining. It is a cultural gem and a safe, inviting and accessible public destination where people meet before moving on, or stay to interact. “Meet me at the Gore” can be heard throughout the City as people make their daily plans.” Gore Park Master Plan 2010


History and Heritage - Recognize and reflect the rich and unique history of the area.
Inclusiveness and Community - The work should express a sense of community, be accessible to people of all ages, recognize the pedestrian focus of the area and encourage gathering.

Call for artists

The Call for Artists closed on February 10, 2017. 28 proposals were received from 27 artists.

​Gore Park Beacons Call for Artists (PDF, 118 KB)
Gore Park Beacons Call for Artists Appendix A – Submission Form (PDF, 28 KB)
Gore Park Beacons Call for Artists Appendix B – Site (PDF, 4.5 MB)
Gore Park Beacons Call for Artists Appendix C – Panel Templates (PDF, 158 KB)
Gore Park Beacons Call for Artists Appendix D – Artist Agreement (PDF, 45 KB)

Call for Artists document updates
Gore Park Beacons Call for Artists Update No. 1 (PDF, 12 KB) - December 19, 2016

Contact us

Ken Coit - Manager
Placemaking, Public Art & Projects
Tourism & Culture Division, City of Hamilton
28 James Street North, 2nd Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6281
Email: [email protected]