Call for Proposals: Walter Gretzky Parking Sculpture, Brantford

Call for Artists – Public Art
Walter Gretzky Parking Sculpture

Submission Deadline: May 17, 2023

GLENHYRST ART GALLERY is seeking Artists to submit proposals to create a sculpture to commemorate the Walter Gretzky parking spot at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre located at 254 N Park St, Brantford, ON N3R 4L1. The sculpture will become the property of The Corporation of the City of Brantford.

Artists will be selected by a partner-led jury through a process involving a written statement of approach, qualifications, and historical documentation. The artist selection process will be managed by Glenhyrst and will follow the procurement processes and rules of the gallery.

Award: $10,000 (including HST, if applicable)

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 17, 2023
  • Artist Selected by: Thursday, June 1, 2023
  • Fabrication: June, July, August, 2023
  • Installation: September 1 to 5, 2023

Project Goals and Themes:

Walter Gretzky, (born October 8, 1938) is best known as the father of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. The elder Gretzky, an avid hockey player as a youth and a keen analyst of the game, is credited by his famous son as playing a key role in his phenomenal success as a player. Walter Gretzky is well known in his own right for his contributions to minor hockey in Canada, and for his dedication to helping many local, provincial, and national charities, for which he has been honoured and recognized.

This sculpture dedicated to Mr. Gretzky is a thank you and acknowledgement of his deep dedication to minor sports in Brantford as well as his contribution to local charities and interests.

The work will be created utilizing the many sticks left behind on the parking spot when he passed.

A sample image or drawing should be included in the submission. In addition, the artist should prepare the sculpture for exposure to the elements with a protective coating, UV protection etc. to extend the life of the work.

It is understood that the nature of the materials provided (hockey sticks) will not be structurally sound and cannot be used as the structural basis of the work. It is expected that other materials are to be used to expand the life span of the sculpture.

The proposed sculpture will be a maximum of 7‘ by 10’ and minimum of 4’ x 6’ in size. Submissions outside of these measurements will not be considered.

Submissions must also include a mechanism to secure the sculpture to the asphalt ground (i.e. screwed down, a secured base etc.)

Please go to for full Call of Artist document and online application.

For more information, please contact:
Glenhyrst Art Gallery
20 Ava Rd., Brantford ON
N3T 5G9 (519) 756-5932

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