Public Art Program
Public art does more than introduce colour and visual interest into an area; it both flavours and reflects the very vibe of the neighbourhood.
Public art, besides being a City of Calgary policy, has always been an integral part of the EV Master Plan.
CMLC’s 'Art in the Public Realm' program brings permanent installations of major works of art to East Village public spaces, as well as a revolving installation of temporary curated artwork by local artists along RiverWalk.
Calgary artist Ron Moppett’s richly coloured mosaic wall has transformed Riverfront Lane – East Village’s first pedestrian-only street – into an outdoor art gallery. Rest on one of the benches and lose yourself in the five vast panels of the SAMEWAYBETTER/READER, which depicts the genesis of the area.
Julian Opie’s computerized pop art features LED-animated figures continuously strolling through mini street scenes. East Village’s first permanent public art installation, Promenade reflects the endless flow of the Bow River it overlooks and the continuous movement of life through East Village.
Bloom by Michel de Broin is the third permanent art installation to come to East Village. de Broin was inspired by the encounter of the natural landscape of St. Patrick's Island and the surrounding urban cityscape. The monumental sculpture of streetlights blossomed, softly awakening the island and watching over it at night.
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Temporary curated art is on display along RiverWalk
Curtis Van Charles Sorensen is the third and most recent artist commissioned for the RiverWalk temporary public art program. Curtis' installation 'Window to the Wild' represents his perspective on an authentic Canadian adventure - a new take on traditional wildlife and realism. The Van Charles installation is a series of images that depict flowers, leaves and animals indigenous to Southern Alberta and the Bow River – the beaver, fox, coyote, heron and others.
The second rotation of curated temporary public art - The Field Manual: a compendium of local influence - by Calgary art collective Light & Soul brought exactly that to RiverWalk’s storage sheds, bridge abutments and bathrooms.
Derek Besant’s enormous black and white photographs of various Calgarians – floating, with eyes closed, in water - comprised the first curated temporary public art in East Village. The contemplative images on the Reconciliation Bridge abutments and along RiverWalk really made people stop. And talk about them.
Even the construction of the New Central Library is occasion for a new work of art. The construction hoarding around the site has been illustrated twice. The current artwork, installed in September 2016, was created by Kai and Ricole Cabodyna. Their work is a collage of images illustrating the local flora and fauna, and humanity's place within it all. The work is an exploration and remembrance of culture's intimate relations with nature's rhythms.
The previous artwork was done by illustrator Serena Maylon, who created watercolours that depicted the historical timeline of EV from the untouched grasslands of the early 19th century to library completion in 2018.
Michelle Hoogveld explores themes of connectivity, community celebration, sport and gathering in her Corridor of Connection mural at the 4th St SE Underpass. The themes depicted connect to not only the story of East Village’s transformation but also to the emerging vision for east Victoria Park as Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment district.