New banners going up on Cornwall streets

A worker starts taking down a War of 1812 banner from a lamp post on Brookdale Avenue on May 15, 2015 to replace it with a new series of banners depicting life in Cornwall, Ont. This is the fourth series of banners created since 2007. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Residents travelling around Cornwall or visitors for the Victoria Day weekend will be greeted with some new artwork.

Workers were unfurling a new series of banners on lamp posts in the downtown, Le Village and Brookdale Avenue Friday.

The new banners are the fourth set in a series of designs that started in 2007.

The latest series of art pieces depict life in Cornwall by various artists. They are:

  • Heritage – Pierre Giroux
  • Shopping – Tracy-Lynn Chisholm
  • Fishing – Margaret Boucher
  • Sports – Anne Wylemans
  • Family – MiSun Kim-Hunter
  • Recreation – Heather Smith
  • Environment – Hye Kyung Yu
  • Dining – Emily MacLeod

There’s a ninth banner coming to recognize the 400th anniversary of Francophones in Ontario.

It’s not known what will happen with the outgoing pieces, featuring the events and people from the War of 1812. If history repeats itself, the city will likely sell them and donate the proceeds to charity.

The 75 banners cost about $20,000 to design and install and will be up for two to three years.

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