Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

Calgary Alberta

Among my many photos, these hidden gems of photos of sculptures we took in Calgary Alberta were never named until recently as I attempt to cull and order our photo files.

Famous Five - I've written about these women before.

I had "discovered" a Plensa in these folders in 2021. We have seen other Plensas around the world and we now have one in Toronto!

“TransitStory” by Jill Anholt is an art piece of 30 sculptures of people engineered and fabricated from steel and artfully painted. To show the different moments of arriving and departing from the public train system in Downtown Calgary (the center line is free within Downtown), the sculptures have been strategically installed along the Centre Street LRT transit platform of the Calgary CTrain.

Standing 8 feet tall and extending for 12 feet along the west side of the TransCanada Centre, the Weaving Fence and Horn sculpture is an iconic art installation.

Designed by renowned artist John McEwen, this unique structure served a dual purpose. The artistic intent of the sculpture was to call to mind the bighorn sheep – common to the nearby Rocky Mountains. The practical purpose of the finished structure, combined with a “weaving fence” element, serves to mitigate wind vortexes around the tall buildings in downtown Calgary.

The sculpture is comprised entirely of recycled steel that was generously donated by IPSCO and transported from their plant in Regina, Saskatchewan to a plant in Hamilton, Ontario for fabrication. At the time of construction it was the largest recycled art in the country.

There are quite a few pieces by McEwen in Toronto, click on his name in the labels/tags below this post if you are interested.

Sculpture "Sadko" - Romanian artist Sorel Etrog was apparently inspired by a dancer from the Ballet Sadko.
There are also works by Etrog in Toronto.

The Family of Man - Created for the British Pavilion at the Montreal Expo in 1967, the ten 6.5 meters tall aluminum figures by the Spanish artist Mario Armengol became a landmark in Downtown Calgary since they have been installed in 1968.

This deliberately rusting horse, built almost entirely from "found" metal, stands outside of a Calgary restaurant. The sculpture was created by artist Russell Zeid, whose works can be found in many museums and cultural buildings throughout Canada.

Family of Horses outside City Hall by Calgary-area artist Harry O'Hanlon.

1 comment:

  1. The Famous Five are statues that the visitor can engage with.


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