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New Calgary Public Art Project along International Avenue

A project featuring 5 public art projects by 11 commissioned Calgary-based artists has been announced. The work will be installed along International Avenue in southeast Calgary between 26th Street and Hubalta Road S.E.

“The art will contribute to the vibrancy and development of Greater Forest Lawn and reflect the stories of Calgarians who live, work and explore the area.”

From the City of Calgary:

We are working with the International Avenue BRZ to install artworks along International Avenue. Eleven local artists are working to design and install five site-specific artworks for 17 Avenue S.E., between 26 Street and Hubalta Road.

The International Avenue public art project provides small-budget opportunities for artists at different stages in their careers. The art will contribute to the vibrancy and development of Greater Forest Lawn and reflect the stories of Calgarians who live, work and explore the area.

Each artist has a connection to the area, and they share a desire to work closely with the surrounding communities.

Adrian’s concept titled “Kawa’pomahkaiks – Animals That Roam the Prairie” will be an installation that pays homage to the animals that once roamed in the area before the Greater Forest Lawn area was developed. The installation is the result of consultations with community, specifically the local area children who attended his engagement events. Adrian was inspired by the many sketches of animals that the children drew during the sessions, and plans to install laser-cut steel silhouettes of animals such as swift fox, badger, prairie dog, prairie hare, beaver, black footed ferret, burrowing owl, redtail hawk, pronghorn and coyote within the planter to playfully interact with the existing seating. The animals will be identified both in English and Blackfoot with links to pronunciation.

Read more here.

CTV News Coverage

Listen to Adrian speak on his work at 01:45