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Populace was a significant outdoor, ceramic art installation. It recognized the people who lived in the Ottawa area at the time of Confederation by creating thousands of ceramic feathers, roses and fleurs de lys, recognizing the Indigenous peoples, the English and the French.


The installation was set on the grounds of its site partner, the Canadian Museum of Nature from June 17, 2017 until September 4, 2017.  Each flower and feather was hand-built out of ceramic clay, fused with a lustrous light glaze and installed on individual rods on the Museum’s grounds.


Populace involved numerous individual and community ceramic groups, community centres and high schools that contributed to the production and installation of the ceramic sculptures.  The installation was open and free to the public.


Populace delighted visitors who walked freely about the installation, took photographs and became immersed in the experience.  Populace was an initiative designed by the Ottawa Guild of Potters to highlight the ceramic arts for Canada’s 150th celebrations, to engage with the larger community to create a beautiful example of public art that was enjoyed by thousands of visitors.