A Graphic Field Manual to RiverWalk

New public art graces the banks of the Bow River along EV's RiverWalk 

A fresh new tangle of trees and roots, humans and animals, paint and photography, past and present, old-school graffiti and newfangled sculpture has come to the surfaces of RiverWalk’s bridge abutments, storage sheds and bathrooms. And it looks great.

The artwork, created by the Calgary collective Light and Soul, is the latest chapter in the ongoing story of public art in East Village. The Field Manual: A compendium of local influence is part of CMLC’s Art in the Public Realm program that mandates the integration of both permanent and curated temporary art installations within the community. Permanent pieces to date are Julian Opie’s Promenade and Ron Moppett’s THESAMEWAYBETTER/READER. The Field Manual is part of EV’s curated works, which will change every 24 months or so; it replaces Derek Besant’s evocative I am the River portraits.  

Light and Soul is equal parts Daniel J. Kirk, Ivan Ostapenko and Kai Cabunoc-Boettcher, Calgarians from very different artistic backgrounds who have been working on the new installation for the past nine months. 

“Our work is a collaborative effort that stems from the idea of East Village,” says Daniel Kirk. “Individual stories and collective history informed our personal ideas about what East Calgary may have been and what it may become. The work – a collection of ideas – merges past, present and future into a playful interpretation of place,” he says.

Light and Soul’s installation combines traditional art-making techniques layered with digital processes to create the images and sculptures. The work combines paint, print, EPS foam, vector lines, steel, stucco, photography and vinyl among other materials. “It is a guide for exploring the relationships that texture our experience,” adds Kirk.

CMLC is delighted with the result. “Daniel, Ivan and Kai spent months researching and absorbing the history and culture of the community,” says Clare Nolan, senior manager, marketing communications, CMLC. “Their artwork really captures the spirit of neighbourhood’s past, present and future, and we are thrilled to see their work come to life along RiverWalk.”

It’s public art and it’s outside, which means you can come anytime to take a look.

See you there!