Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Centre City bridges celebrate Canada 150

Art banners that celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation are being unveiled this week on bridges leading in Calgary’s Centre City. The artwork, created by local artist Katie Green, explores one’s individual relationship with nature and illustrates the cyclical elements in nature and life.

Green drew inspiration for the artwork through a community engagement event hosted last summer by herself, Blackfoot Elder Casey Eagle Speaker and Stoney/Nakoda Elder Paul Daniels. The trio led 43 Calgarians on a nature walk in Fish Creek Park where Eagle Speaker and Daniels shared teachings on how nature is integrated into everyone’s lives.

Following the walk, community members participated in a sharing circle to discuss their reactions to the Elder’s teaching and share stories about their own personal relationships with nature. The imagery contained in each banner artwork was sourced directly from the insights and perspectives shared at the engagement event.

Highlights of the community engagement process have been documented in this short film by Maximillian Krewiak:

Green’s artwork will be on display throughout the year, as one of The City’s Canada 150 commemorations. Bridges where Green’s work can be viewed include Centre Street, MacDonald, Inglewood (9 Avenue), Langevin, soon to be re-named Reconciliation (Edmonton Trail), Louise (10 Street) and Mewata (14 Street).

This initiative is part of the Centre City Banner Program, which is managed by The City’s Urban Strategy – Centre City Team, in collaboration with the Public Art Program. For over a decade, the program has been engaging local artists to create artwork that is displayed on gateway bridges into Calgary’s Centre City. The objective of this program is to transform these gateways into open air galleries, creating a vibrant and colourful narrative for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

The banner program is funded through both the Downtown Improvement Fund and the Public Art Program.

1 comment:

  1. these are so beautiful! Kudos to all involved and especially Katie.