Back in fall, the City of Edmonton sent out surveys gauging interest for new streetlights as part of the neighbourhood renewal, and a few months later the streetlights were approved. After this accomplishment, Strathearn launched a design competition for the street signs that would hang on the streetlights for the next fifty years.
Local artist, Kristine MacDonald, came forward with a winning design.
“The sign design was inspired by the walks and bike rides I take daily when I need to drop a package in the mailbox or take a break from work. I enjoy sitting on the benches overlooking the river valley and downtown skyline and taking it all in,” MacDonald shared. “I also wanted to include the contrast of big and small, and old and new houses in the area. We have such an interesting mix of architectures here.”
Soon, MacDonald’s street sign design will be up in Strathearn—she claims the winning prize of $250 after competing with nine other entrants.
You may recognize MacDonald under the business name, Smithstine Copper; a prominent jewelry line based in Edmonton, Alberta. MacDonald’s jewelry and metal work have been featured at numerous art shows and sales, including the Strathearn Art Walk. In fact, it was during the art walk that MacDonald decided to join Strathearn as a resident.
Check out Kristine MacDonald at the sixth annual Strathearn Art Walk on Saturday, Sept. 9. You can also shop her Western Canada-inspired jewelry on her website, smithstine.com.
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