Modern Nature

Local Calgary artist, Curtis Van Charles Sorensen was awarded the contract to create the next temporary art installation on RiverWalk. Wildlife, get ready for your close-up

Sorensen’s art – which will grace three bridge abutments, two public washrooms and a maintenance shed – pays tribute to the animals and natural spaces woven through Calgary’s urban environment. He’ll create larger-than-life, hyper-real depictions of animals in nature using a mix of acrylic painting and digital photography, and incorporate architectural elements of East Village and the downtown core. Sorensen says he hopes that the dreamlike realism of his wildlife paintings will encourage passersby to reflect on the value of natural spaces in the city.

Paint + digital photos will bring modern nature to RiverWalk in the next chapter of CMLC’s Art in the Public Realm program.

The as-yet-unnamed exhibition – the third temporary instalment of public art along RiverWalk – will enliven the pedestrian pathway for two years after its installation this September.

Over the last five years, the respected visual artist has worked with a wide range of clients across Western Canada. He draws upon his background as a graphic designer to explore a range of media in order to create primarily large-scale art installations and mural paintings.

Big thanks and kudos also go out to shortlisted artists Sergey Ryutin and Mieka West for their well-received applications to the East Village Art in the Public Realm program.