HIO Big Chiefs-compressed Pratt Homes has announced the winner of its art competition to design an installation piece that will sit atop its latest community, The Gallery Condominiums. Between July 31 and September 13, thousands of community members voted for their favourite submission. Aylan Couchie was ultimately determined the winner, beating out a competitive field of artists for the top honour.

The Indigenous artist, a graduate of Georgian College’s Art & Design fundamentals program, presented a sculptural piece titled, “H.I.O Big Chiefs,” which will consist of three canoe-shaped framed structures with their own unique feather, arranged diagonally and facing north.

“Standing proudly overlooking Kempenfelt Bay and much of Barrie, three “Big Chiefs” pay tribute to the First Nations that lived, fought and shaped what Simcoe County has come to be,” wrote Couchie in her artist’s statement.

Aylan-2-compressed “H.I.O Big Chiefs” will be installed at 300 Essa Road in Barrie. It will first be displayed at ground level on the site of The Gallery Condominiums, and then hoisted to the top of the building once it’s completed in 2017.

“I am humbled and thrilled at the same time,” said Aylan Couchie of her win. “I am completely in disbelief given the calibre of the other artists and submissions. Thank you so much Barrie, this means a lot to me.”

You can view Aylan Couchie’s full submission “H.I.O Big Chiefs” by visiting thegallerybarrie.ca. Don’t forget to register online for a sneak peak of The Gallery Condominiums before the sales office opens on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.

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