Public Art

Illustrated Library

Illustrated Library

New Central Library construction site welcomes public art by local artist

It may be a while before you can actually check a book out of the New Central Library, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t read stories there. No library card needed. Simply stroll along 3rd St. SE to immerse yourself in the colourful picture book that Calgary illustrator Serena Malyon has created on the construction hoarding surrounding the NCL site: Malyon’s large watercolours depict the historical timeline of East Village from the untouched grasslands of the early 19th century to completion of the visually-stunning new library in 2018.

A Graphic Field Manual to RiverWalk

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

The Field Manual - A compendium of local influence

East Village curated art program expands with new installation on RiverWalk

Another chapter of public art is evolving along EV’s RiverWalk thanks to the creative minds of three local artists. Under the umbrella of art collective Light & Soul, Calgarians Daniel J. Kirk, Ivan Ostapenko and Kai Cabunoc-Boettcher have been tirelessly collaborating on the new installation for the past nine months.  EV’s master developer Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), initiated an open RFP process last summer to identify local artists to create work to replace the existing RiverWalk art installation ‘I am the River’ by Derek Besant. The Light & Soul Collective trio beat out a throng of contenders for their creative and collaborative concepts.

Cold Hands, Warm Art

Cold Hands, Warm Art

The unveiling of EV's first pedestrian-only street and second major art installation coincided with Calgary's first major snowfall of the year. But the white stuff took nothing away from Ron Moppett’s epic mural.

Naturally there was a bit of good-natured grumbling about the weather among art lovers and guests who assembled in the EV Sales and Experience centre for opening remarks. "Send out the dog teams," joked one of EV's ambassadors.

Guests had just walked up the spanking new cobblestones of Riverfront Lane, a pedestrian-only street that now connects Riverfront Avenue to 6th Avenue SE. It's just 200-metres long and 17.6 metres wide, but it'll be a lovely stroll come summer, with bench seating, attractive lighting and bike racks.

Industrial Arts

Industrial Arts

A massive shipment of theatre, cinema, dance and performing arts is unloading at RiverWalk. Literally.

As part of the 7th annual Fluid Movement Arts Festival, containR Calgary – an evolving art and performance event in intermodal shipping containers – will transform RiverWalk into an industrial hub with a difference. From October 10-21, the freight space inside two refurbished, recycled shipping containers is transformed into a rotating performance space. Expect the unexpected in a creative cargo of shows from around the globe and around the corner. 

There’ll be fresh, radical and stimulating performance installations, films and videos, dance, radio plays, parties and much else from MOCA, WordFest, Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival, The Consulate of Mexico, bravoFACT, Quickdraw Animation Society, YYCMobileMovie, We Should Know Each Other, Venus Envy, Possibilities & Poly Calgary.

Big Art

Big Art

Ever dreamed of seeing your art installed on RiverWalk for all to see? Now’s your chance.

CMLC, the master developer of East Village, is inviting local artists to submit proposals for EV’s temporary art exhibitions on RiverWalk. It’s an opportunity to contribute to the character and identity of East Village, and to enjoy sharing your work with Calgarians for 24 months.

The RFP opportunity comes as part of the East Village Art in the Public Realm program, which aims to surprise, delight and provoke connection and memorable interaction with people on RiverWalk, create engaging spaces, and add to Calgary’s cultural wealth. Certainly, the current exhibition, Derek Besant’s I am the River, does all that. The Calgarian’s large-scale photos of people floating has sparked much debate and enlivened visits to RiverWalk.

Opie Arrives!

Opie Arrives!

What’s got four sides, is 24-feet tall, and blows your mind? Promenade, EV’s first permanent art installation.

Julian Opie, one of the best pop artists of his generation, was in town yesterday to watch his striking new work light up East Village. Promenade, Opie’s 24-foot LED tower, is animated with the distinctive figures that are a signature of the internationally-known artist. “The figures sweep the landscape, endlessly passing each other,” Opie says. “It’s like a ballet.” The bright yellow of the installation, on 4th Street SE at 5th Avenue, can be seen for blocks, and commuters on the 5th Avenue Flyover get an eyeful as they go by. “It’s a marker for the new East Village, an identifier for the new life being created in the neighbourhood,” Opie says.

Art in the Village

Art in the Village

If public art is the new town square. EV is about to get some very out-of-the-box squares.

If public art is, indeed, the new town square, East Village is going to have some great new gathering places in the next few years. Master Developer CMLC is purposefully using art as a placemaking tool with initiatives guided by their Art in the Public Realm program. The idea is to make art an integral part of village life: RiverWalk’s bridge abutments, public washrooms and shed will be the canvas for an ongoing series of curated installations (currently home to the 'I am the River' photographic series by local artist, Derek Besant), and CMLC is forming an arts committee that will assist in the selection of future works.