Through the Street Banner Art Program, artists create unique banners for the light posts in Whistler. Each series is displayed for two seasons and then sold to the public. Revenue from banner sales contributes to future public art projects.
Call for artists: Spring/summer 2019
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) invites artists to submit proposals for the design of a spring/summer series of street banners. More information can be found here.
Past Competition Winners
The competition for the Fall/Winter 2018 series was won by artist Claire Ryan for her proposal, “The Ultimate Winter Weekend in Whistler”. The series features four winter activity scenes frequently enjoyed during Whistler’s winter. As the artist wrote: “To me, the ultimate weekend in Whistler is to spend the hours outside with friends and family while enjoying the things that make our resort unique. The banners illustrate ripping down the slopes on skis or snowboard; admiring the unending views surrounding the Black Tusk from the Inukshuk on the peak; skating the frozen lakes under the majestic view of our mountains; and exploring the winter landscape throughout Lost Lake on Nordic skis.”
The competition for the Spring/Summer 2017 series was won by artist Laura Bifano for her proposal “‘Whistler Vistas."
The competition for the Fall/Winter 2016 series was won by artist Sarah Turton, for her proposal “Winter in Motion.”
The competition for the Spring/Summer 2015 series was won by artist Sarah Turton. Her series was titled “Explore, Admire, Celebrate, Cruise".
To see other past street banners, view the RMOW Street Banner Catalogue 2019
Banners to Bags
The Banners to Bags program turns retired street banners into reusable bags, breathing new life into these banners. Now they can be enjoyed as reusable shopping bags, reducing our dependency on plastic bags.
Each bag is an artist’s unique creation and is a piece of Whistler’s cultural heritage. Local organizations, businesses, and visiting conferences have the opportunity of selling the bags as a product or fundraising item, with the remaining proceeds going towards the Municipal Art Fund.