Monday, June 3, 2013

Public Event: Intersection of art and architecture in city building

Photo courtesy Nicole Leismeister, Winner in the DJ (Mix it up!) category of the 2013 Mayor's Expo Photo Contest.
On June 4, the public is invited to attend a presentation on the iconic Bow building and Wonderland, the public artwork that has attracted world-wide attention, followed by a panel discussion that will explore the connection between public art, architecture and the building of great cities. The City of Calgary and the University of Calgary are co-hosting the event.

“Architecture and public art should create a discussion about the character of place. In Calgary we’re embarking on an exciting transition as the city evolves,” says panel participant Rollin Stanley, General Manager of The City’s Planning, Development and Assessment department.

The City supported Encana in commissioning public art for The Bow through its bonus density program. All incentive options are aligned with one or more Council priorities. They include installing public art, creating a new green space, providing bicycle storage or contributing to the Affordable Housing Fund.

Plensa’s work at the Bow makes a much-appreciated and significant contribution to Calgary’s ongoing evolution as a distinct and vibrant city, one that is gaining international recognition for its quality of public art and architecture.

“Public art is about communicating and celebrating different perspectives,” says Sarah Iley, Manager of Culture at The City of Calgary, who will facilitate Tuesday night’s discussion. “But The City is just one organization and we can’t do it alone. In fact, collaboration, partnerships – whether internal or external or a combination of both – is a common denominator in every aspect of public art development.”

Wonderland artist Jaume Plensa and architect James Barnes of Foster + Partners, the firm that designed The Bow, will be joined by University and City experts for the discussion. The evening promises to be thought-provoking and informative.  Please visit for ticket and registration details.

The University will be represented by President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon and Dr. Nancy Polock-Ellwand, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design.

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