Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Nanaimo Harbourfront Plaza Renamed

Diana Krall Plaza

As part of the downtown revitalization efforts and improvements currently underway, The City of Nanaimo is honoured to announce that the Harbourfront plaza will officially be named the “Diana Krall Plaza” Diana Krall grew up in Nanaimo and is an accomplished Jazz Musician with family ties to the community. Naming the plaza after Diana recognizes her contributions to the world of Jazz and to the community as a whole.

According to Mayor Gary Korpan, “Diana is a world renowned Jazz musician with deep family roots in the community. We are pleased to recognize Diana through this plaza naming.”

The Diana Krall Plaza will see improvements in 2008 and 2009 that will include public art with a musical theme. The artwork will consist of:

• A primary sculpture 24 feet tall and 5 feet wide in the shape of a tuning fork that

will form an arch at the plaza entrance

• The sculpture will weather to match the brick and pavement colors on the

conference centre and the plaza

• At the base of the tuning fork are images of sound waves created out of black and

white stone pavers that will resemble piano keys.

• The portal will be illuminated by light at night and is capped by a bronze bird.

• The name, “Diana Krall Plaza” will be incorporated into the paving stones of the


According to Krall she was “….honoured to have the plaza named after me. It was a pleasant surprise as I have strong connections and fond memories of growing up in Nanaimo.”

Larry McNabb, Parks Recreation and Culture Committee Chair, “…was thrilled the plaza will be named after Diana as it will honour all of her work in the music industry while bringing recognition to our community. The plaza will be a centre of activity in the downtown core and is an important part of the downtown revitalization.”


1 comment:

  1. Its pretty ironic how the sculpting with the marble piano keys has nothing to do with diana krall, only in downtown nanaimo would such corruption reign supreme and be considered an improvement


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