Friday, September 7, 2012

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Alberta public art projects

Thinking Big: Unveiling Public Art Projects explores the creative energy, technical expertise and complex work required to execute a successful public art project.
Originally curated by the Alberta Craft Council, this exhibition has been brought to the AGC by the Public Art Program and has been augmented to feature recent and upcoming public art projects here in Calgary.

Developing a public art project from concept to final unveiling is a complicated, sometimes frustrating but often highly rewarding, process. What is the story behind some of these public art projects? How do they happen? How are they imagined, built, funded, and maintained?

Thinking Big uses original sketches, technical drawings, models, material tests, photo and video documentation, and artists’ journals to lay bare the behind-the-scenes process of works installed throughout the province of Alberta.

The opening reception is being held on Friday, Sept. 7 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Calgary (117 - 8 Avenue S.W.). The exhibition features contributions from over 20 Canadian and international artists and will run until December 23, 2012.

Be sure to also catch the supplementary exhibit being featured in the Open Spaces windows on the 7th Avenue and Centre Street LRT platform. Additional Calgary content will be featured here until Oct. 20, 2012.

This exhibition is being co-presented by The City of Calgary Public Art Program and the Alberta Craft Council, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Calgary.

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