NPA_headerPublic Art defines a community as a visual and often physical representation of ideas, artistic tolerances, and civic aspirations. It is a curious thing in many ways, then, that public art installations in Nelson, British Columbia, are so reserved and rare. This small mountain community has deep route as an artist’s enclave, and as a counter-cultural refuge for free-thinkers and environmentalists,  yet the community is also a deeply conservative place. Her citizens and visitors cherish the city’s unique collection of heritage homes and century-old streetscapes, which regulate the pace of life and indeed inspire her many artists.  The city’s heritage forms a conservative fabric which underlies the city’s art culture, and extends to the interpretation of public spaces through public art.