Friday, November 20, 2015

Temporary community art project to be unveiled in celebration of fire station rebuild

We hope you can join us tomorrow morning, starting at 10 a.m., to see the new temporary art project ‘Many Hands Makes Artwork’ unveiled at the Mount Pleasant Fire Station 7, 2708 4 St. N.W.

Hot chocolate, an art activity, and a chance to visit with the captain and crew of Fire Station 7 along with Calgary Fire Department mascot, Sparky, will be part of the celebration. The event will be in the bays of Fire Station 7, with the doors open, so everyone is reminded to dress for the weather.

Artists worked with the community

While created by Calgary artists Sandras Civitarese, Lisa Tornack and Heather Urness, this project would not have been possible without the work of many community members and the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.

The art project will span more than 100 feet of fencing and be interactive, allowing the public to see through the fencing in places, so they can check out progress on the demo and rebuilding of the fire station.
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Unveiling for passersby

“The artists created the concept of the project and we’ve relied on help from the community to complete it. We know it will add a unique visual element to what will be a construction site,” says Jody Williams, supervisor for the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10:30 a.m. the art project will be unveiled by Mayor Naheed Nenshi, MLA for Calgary-Klein Craig Coolahan, Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell and Acting Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc as well as two of the project’s artists, Sandra Civitarese and Heather Urness.

The project will be facing towards Mount Pleasant Fire Station 7 on Saturday morning, for the event, and will be turned around on Monday morning, for the community and everyone who passes by 4 Street N.W., to see.

New fire station complete by end of 2017

“This has been a great experience, to partner with the Calgary Fire Department and members of the community to create something that we hope everyone who passes by will enjoy. We are so excited to finally see it unveiled,” says Williams.

The fire station is set to be demolished by the end of this year to make way for a replacement fire station. The new station is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 to ensure the Calgary Fire Department can continue to provide the needed emergency services to Mount Pleasant and its surrounding communities in the future.

Submitted by Bridget Cox, Calgary Fire Department

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