|Concept rendering of "Charged Line" to be installed at the South Calgary Fire Station this summer.|
Sneak Peek: Public Art 2013, hosted by the Public Art Board and emceed by its passionate chairman Chip Burgess, featured concept imagery, video clips of the commissioned artists and a special presentation by celebrated artist Cliff Garten.
"The City's commitment to public art really shines through this exciting and diverse offering of projects," said Burgess. "My board colleagues and I are very proud to be involved in these installations that will undoubtedly enliven our public spaces, engage our fellow citizens and have a positive impact on our urban realm."
The projects presented by Rachael Seupersad, Superintendant of Public Art, include a large form steel abbreviation of the term 'versus' (for New Brighton Athletic Park), an interactive, illuminated sculpture inspired by both the Chinook arch and the historic Beltline streetcar loop (for the park located at 12th Ave. and 9 St. SW) and an inverted mountain range which references the source of the Bow River and its glacial origins (designed for a new plaza being developed for the Parkdale Regional Pathway at end of 34 A St. NW.).
Cliff Garten’s project, which he introduced at the event, is titled Luminous Crossings and consists of a series of standing and hanging stainless-steel sculptures to be divided between the City Hall and West Downtown-Kerby LRT stations.
“The installation will create a visual experience for the thousands of people who pass through these stations every day,” said Garten. “The city is a backdrop for the sculptures, and the sculptures are the backdrop for the activities going on around them.”
All the projects are possible thanks to The City's Public Art Policy. The Policy enables the commission of public artworks that are placed throughout our city, and freely accessible at all. An energetic, illustrative video has been developed to help citizens understand a little more about this collaborative process.
Through its Bonus Density Program, The City also encourages corporate Calgary to invest in public art. Recent examples include Wonderland and Alberta’s Dream, commissioned by Encana for The Bow plaza, and several temporary and permanent installations in the East Village.
Sneak Peek: Public Art 2013 was a free event and open to the public. Visit calgary.ca/publicart to view the eight new concepts and learn about other projects underway.