Canada Commissions Banksy to Paint Graffiti Mural on Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill-FNT-SmallOTTAWA – The Canadian government has commissioned the reclusive British urban graffiti artist Banksy to create an original work to be permanently displayed as a giant mural on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The move comes as part of a federal campaign to appeal to a young, more cynical citizenry by presenting government as “hip”, “with it” and fully in touch with popular culture.

The $2.1 million dollar contract for the unusual commission, which features an image of Banksy’s signature rat, did not go through the normal government procurement process.

“We back-channeled it directly with the artist,” a government staffer explained. He did not want his name used but spoke of the exclusive cultural coup to FauxNews Today off the record, as a point of pride. “Not an easy person to get to, let me tell you.”

Banksy is world-famous almost as much for his closely-guarded anonymity as for his satirical creative output. Details of the contract were leaked to the media however and the commission has stirred a tripartite controversy.

The official opposition in the House of Parliament has denounced the secrecy behind the unorthodox purchase and is clamouring for an investigation as to why it was not tendered on MERX for public competition. The Canada Council for the Arts has decried it for lack of Canadian content. And a house painter from Saskatchewan named Alistair Yanovski complained about the cost.

“I could have done it for five-hundred bucks and a round trip airline ticket from Saskatoon,” he said. “And if they were going to use a rodent as a symbol, it should have been a Canadian beaver.”

The controversial mural does have its supporters however. A woman waiting for a bus on Wellington Street who said her name was Sarah, compared the newly commissioned Banksy installation, to his “Stonehenge“, which was constructed from portable toilets.

“At least,” she said, pointing at the Parliament Hill mural, which is eighty feet long and forty feet high, “This one is in good taste.” Source: FNT Staff


Photo credit: Original images by: ITAC, Fitzrovia News/Banksy

Government Plans Glass-covered Dome Over Canada’s Parliament Buildings

Parliament-Dome-FNTOTTAWA – An architectural engineering firm from Tuktoyaktuk, NWT has been awarded a federal contract for $3.5 million to draw up a design and blueprints for a proposed glass-covered dome over Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The government unveiled its proposal for “Hilldome on the Rideau” today as part of its GreenEnergy 2050 initiative. Scott Archambault, the CEO of Dreamscape, Scapegoat & Associates Inc., the Canadian company that was awarded the winning bid, was on hand for the announcement.

“We’re thrilled to pieces about this,” he said. “Now Ottawa can hold its head up with the really great cities of the world that have domes, like Toronto, Montreal, Milwaukee, Houston, Dubai and almost Winooski.  And we promise that it will be built with 100% Canadian content.”

Hilldome on the Rideau will be different than some of the large, well-known urban domes in that it will not have a retractable roof. Archambault explained that: “they’re really quirky and tend to stick and hang up when you don’t want them to, like the convertible top on my eighty-six Mustang.”

The 950,000-square-foot dome will be fully climate-controlled however. Archambault pointed out that it won’t need heating in the winter and the plans call for the glass panels to be completely removed for the summer months.

“That way we save big-time on air-conditioning, which you don’t really need in Ottawa even in July,” he said. “And the glass panels have to be washed anyway. So, we kill three birds with one stone. Oops, forget what I said about the stone.”

The official opposition has expressed concerns about the contract, mainly the cost.

“Well, part of that three point five mil is for learning on the job,” Archambault said. “We’ve actually never designed one before, but how hard can it be?” Source: FNT Staff

Credits: Original images and inspiration at: Architectural Digest, UnofficialNetworks