I am more than a little intrigued about the amount of public art on display in Calgary, so I’ve made it my mission to find and photograph as many as possible.
This is the fourth post of this nature. You can find my other public art posts here:
The Famous Five
This is a pretty important statue, depicting five very important women who changed the future for all women to follow. The five women, Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby, Nellie Mooney McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards, filed a petition on August 27, 1927 asking “Does the word ‘Persons’ in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?” They sought to have women legally considered persons so that women could be appointed to the Senate. The ruling came back as no, women could not be appointed. However, this was overturned by the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on October 18, 1929.
The statues are at Olympic Plaza and were designed by Barbara Paterson.
Do Re Me Fa Sol La Si Do
Bronze sculptures of eight galloping horses celebrates the relationship between Calgary and Quebec City. Identical sculptures reside in both cities. Artist Joe Fafard.
The Family of Man
These 6.5-metre tall aluminum figures located in a park at the corner of 1st Street and 6th Avenue S.E are pretty awesome. They were installed back in 1968 and created by Spanish artist Mario Armengol. Apparently, they caused quite a stir back then as all ten figures are completely naked.
Located along Stephen Ave outside the entrances to The Core Shopping Mall and Bankers Hall they stand between 21 and 26 metres high. There are two tree designs and they were gift from Trizec Hahn Office Properties to the City of Calgary in 2000.
This sculpture is located on 4th Street at the corner of 13th Ave. The sculptor, Evelyn Grant, built the design based on the old British nursery rhyme, One for Sorrow, two for joy….. When it was first installed there were 78 crows, but now there are fewer than 30 as they appear to have been stolen over time.
This sculpture was constructed along 4th Street SW by artist Bill Johnston. They are constructed from stainless steel and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene.
Also along 4th Street, on the corner of 17th Ave is this eye-catching sculpture by Garry Jones. There are seven figures, each over 7 feet tall made from fibreglass finished in feaux bronze.
This stack of books can be found in Tomkins Park on 17th Avenue. It was installed to commemorate the opening of the park and was sculpted by Rick L. Silas.
Not my most favourite sculpture as they are spiders, which I hate, but it is art! It is located at Poetic Park Plaza on 9th Avenue and 4th Street SW. They are designed by Incipio Modo.
Outside of the Bow Tower is this sculpture of a man hugging a tree. It is by Spanish artist Juame Plensa and is a self-portrait. It is made of bronze and the body of the man is covered with Alberta communities including Edmonton across his chest and Calgary across his shoulders.
Another sculpture located at the Bow Tower, by the same artist is Wonderland. This is a massive 12-metre tall wire head. You can not only admire the artwork from the street, you can also go inside the head and view it from the inside out. I love this.
Land of Shining Mountains
This wall is located at 7th Ave & 9th St SW and is a tribute to country and western singer and songwriter Ian Tyson. The wall features lyrics from his song Land of Shining Mountains. It says:
In the land of the long roads
High, lonesome prairies
Dreamin’ of the springtime
First crocus in the snow
Coffee in a go-cup
He’s headed for the oil rig
Land of shining mountains
Big Alberta sky
Well, that’s my latest installment of art pieces I’ve found in Calgary so far. I am aware of quite a few more that I need to get pics of. There are also lots located in more distant locations in the city. All the ones I’ve featured so far are withing walking distance of our apartment.