We are excited to announce an open call to artists for the first public art installation in ENMAX Park. The park will offer the community new year-round places to gather on Stampede Park. The submission deadline is 4 p.m. (MT) on Monday, January 05, 2015, and the project has a budget of $200,000 CAD. For an overview of the project, please visit the Public Art Committee website; for specific details, please read the official RFP.
Public art serves to spark conversation, engage the community and shape the environment. Cities throughout the world rely on public art to create landmarks and present meaningful cultural environments for locals and tourists alike. Pieces can interpret or memorialize the past, like the cenotaph at Central Memorial Park, or be interpretations of a theme, like Do Re Me Fa Sol La Si Do, by Joe Fafard in the Calgary Court Centre park (pictured above).
At the Calgary Stampede, the Public Art committee oversees the implementation of art on Stampede Park. From historic murals to “By the Banks of the Bow,” which features 15 horses and two riders crossing the river, the committee is dedicated to telling the stories of and celebrating western heritage. We are proud to place a key role in ensuring Stampede Park is truly a year-round gathering place for the community.
George Brookman, past president of the Stampede, introduced the public art program by saying that “public art helps us remember our past, honour our ideals, express our shared values and give voice to our future aspirations.” It is this spirit that characterizes the Public Art committee and our vision of the role of public art both on and off Stampede Park.
Below is a rendering of the Heritage Walk Corridor that shows the location of the art pieces.