Anya Mielniczek is a Polish, Canadian-based multidisciplinary artist.
Physical improvements and visual enhancements of two central alleys (Alley 49.5 and Alley 50.5, parallel to Ross Street), including the installation of white and multi-coloured lighting and audio speakers, took place in spring 2021. These improvements, based on CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles, will help to deter negative activity and create a more inviting space for residents and visitors.
- The lights
The ability to control the colours of the lights contributes to the ambiance of the space, creates opportunities for unique experiences and complementing event themes, and supports events (i.e. with national or international significance, local events that positively impact local community spirit, events that build community or to welcome visiting dignitaries). White lights provide full coverage of each alley, increasing visibility and sense of safety for pedestrian traffic.
- The speakers
Bluetooth capable speakers allow music to broadcast through the spaces, which can be changed to align with event themes. Outside of events, music is broadcast at all times, which is a proven CPTED technique to deter negative gathering in urban spaces.