For Immediate Release- August 25, 2016
Five Landmark Sculptures Announced
for Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project – Canada 150
The Art & Design in Public Places Program (The Places) announces Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project – Canada 150. The Project will see the commission, creation, and installation of five original landmark sculptures that will bring meaning to Capital Boulevard and contribute to the Boulevard being the most important street in the Province of Alberta.
This Project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, with matching investments from partners: the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Edmonton; and support from the Downtown Business Association, and The Works Society.
The City of Edmonton has built five focal points, one per block, designated to be prominent sites for “primary public art and design works”. These sites are positioned in the mid-block along Capital Boulevard, allowing for pedestrian and vehicular traffic to flow around them on all sides (vehicles moving North-South and pedestrians East-West). Capital Boulevard encompasses five blocks of 108th Street between 99th Avenue and 104th Avenue. Centennial Plaza is located south of the intersection at 99th Avenue and 108th Street.
The five commissioned sculptures will be a legacy for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Alberta artists will contribute to the interpretation and storytelling of Canada’s past, present and future. The sculptures will reflect Canadian landscapes, culture, history and/or values such as diversity, inclusion, reconciliation, and inspiring youth. The artworks will be a symbol of community collaboration and partnership as citizens come together for Canada 150. In addition, these five sculptures will become part of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection.
The Art & Design in Public Places Program (The Places) is a program of The Works International Visual Arts Society. The Places is a community-based multi-partner initiative designed to raise the profile and livability of Edmonton’s downtown and other neighbourhoods through the placement of publicly and privately funded works of art and design. To date, The Places has completed over 67 projects with the support of its partners.
For more information, please contact:
Linda Wedman, Executive Director
The Places, Art & Design in Public Places Program
Phone: 780-426-2122 ext. 222