“Public art adds so much to the character and energy of a city. We’re really excited to be building on the rich collection already in Calgary with what we believe will be another iconic piece for Stampede Park,” said Tammy Yamkowy, Public Art committee chair.
Look forward to seeing the sculpture here in 2016
Seven submissions were received from local, national and international artists in response to a request for proposal (RFP) calling for projects that would enhance the natural landscape of the park while providing a visual interpretation of the story of the Stampede within the theme of celebrating community partnerships.
A jury of six panelists, including four Public Art committee members, as well as two community members with experience in public art projects, reviewed the submissions and then met with a short list of prospective artists.
The jury was impressed with the creativity and expression of all the submissions, but in the end, Jeff De Boer was the successful bidder. Jeff is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design and while his art is often playful and whimsical, he says his focus is on “making things that the public can actually relate to.” He is a world-renowned, multi-media artist who happens to have a studio in the Ramsay neighbourhood – the very community where ENMAX Park is located. Examples of his local work can be seen at Hotel Arts, Cross Iron Mills and the new Calgary Airport Terminal.
Current Public Art sculptures “Do Re Me Fa Sol La Si Do” and “By the Banks of the Bow”
There are five locations designated in the new ENMAX Park for public art with the goal of engaging users and creating an interactive gathering place for Calgarians and visitors alike.
The five locations of public art pieces planned for ENMAX Park