Public art makes a splash on Riverwalk

I am the River, a striking photography exhibit on the East Village RiverWalk unveiled in December, 2010, celebrates Calgary’s relationship with water and CMLC’s commitment to creating public spaces that are both innovative and inviting.

CMLC and The City of Calgary Public Art Program commissioned local artist Derek Besant, to create a series of photographic portraits of Calgarians expressing their connection to the Bow River.

“People are 70 percent water and we can think of Calgarians as being 70 percent Bow River,” said Besant. “This installation connects the people of Calgary back to the river – and that’s exactly what CMLC has done with RiverWalk.”

The photographs are displayed at five locations along the recently opened RiverWalk Phase 1. Two abutments, two public washrooms and one utility shed are wrapped in the larger-than-life portraits.

“This is all about enhancing the public experience and creating a quality open space,” said Chris Ollenberger, CMLC President and CEO. “Art adds an amazing energy, making this entire area feel more dynamic and user-friendly.”

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