On Canada Day, Saturday July 1, The Places hosted a public celebration of the launch of the Capital Boulevard Public Art Project – Canada 150. This Project has seen the commission of five new original landmark sculptures along 108 Street between 99 Avenue and 104 Avenue. As of Canada Day three sculptures have been installed: at Site 1 (108 St between 99 Ave and 100 Ave) “Transect” by Firebrand Glass, at Site 2 (108 St between 100 Ave and Jasper Ave) “Start Gazer – Koo-Koo-Sint” by Voyager Art & Tile (Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur) and at Site 5 (108 St between 103 Ave and 104 Ave) “world enough, and time” by Ken Macklin.
A candid shot of the Artists gather with Project Sponsors following remarks by Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault and DBA Executive Director Ian O’Donnell.
This event welcomed the project to Downtown Edmonton, and celebrated the artists/artist teams. All artists were in attendance, and were joined by their guests, as well as Project Partners and Supporters at the Maquette Exhibit at the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre. Attendees were then led on a walkabout of 108 Street to gather for congratulatory remarks from Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault and DBA Executive Director Ian O’Donnell at Mondo Café.
Upon the installation of the final two sculptures later this summer – Site 3 (108 St between Jasper Ave and 102 Ave) “Sentinel” by Sandra Bromley and Site 4 (108 St between 102 Ave and 103 Ave) “Nature’s Harmony” by Leo Arcand – The Places will host another public event celebrating all five sculptures and the completion of the Project.
This Project is funded 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.