The Town of Stony Plain’s annual Christmas ornaments are ready to be picked up and evoke a more modern colour and art style.
To pay homage to the graffiti art projects painted in the community over the summer the pieces have a spray paint spatter pattern on a small canvass square with red and blue colouring around the popped out word “joy”. They were made in collaboration with artist Daphne Côté.
“It was quite an honour and I really enjoyed doing the project,” Côté said. “It is a great way to keep the graffiti in everyone’s mind. It is a symbol of how people can take care of their community and make a space beautiful. I enjoy the word ‘joy’. It encapsulates the season.”
This is the seventh year of the project and those who have residency in the community can pick up one ornament per household at the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce office in town Monday until Dec. 11 or supplies run out. Proof of living in the community is required and officials added they hope the piece stands as an example of how a maligned medium can be used to create something special.
“The CN Tunnel and skatepark got quite the makeover this year,” Chantelle Laberge, Town culture and tourism development officer said in a statement on the news. “Graffiti art has a lot of stigma attached to it and we want to show the community how [it can be used positively].”
Prior pieces have been individually made by students from area schools and last year took the form of wooden baubles officials encouraged those who ended up picking one up to customize in their own ways. It is something Mayor William Choy sees as an electric and fun time.
“[These] are an awesome tradition in Stony Plain. It is really fun to see what is in store for the new designs and notice how unique they are from year to year,” he said. “For those of us who have collected them over the years the ornaments have become [part of the holidays].”