Art with a southern-Alberta inspiration will be featured next year inside the Community Arts Centre.
Today in city council chambers, council approved the commissioning of a major piece of public art to be featured in the main foyer of the new centre.
Entitled Mirrored Earth, the wall-mounted work will include hundreds of mirrored surfaces, which will represent an abstraction of the local coulee landscape. Reflected images will shift with changes in lighting as visitors walk by, and some surfaces will shift when activated by the movement of people passing by. The project is to be installed by May, 2013, and is being funded with $175,000 from the City’s Public Art Fund.
The chosen submission from Vancouver artistic team of Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz was one of 56 submissions received earlier this year in response to a call for proposals. The competition was open to regional, national and international artists. Four submissions were short-listed.
“Public art, regardless of personal tastes, makes people stop and think - and that’s always a worthwhile thing,” said Ald. Liz Iwaskiw.
Submissions were evaluated by a selection committee for their capacity to enhance the centre’s foyer space; the compatibility with the building’s aesthetics; the creativity of the work; maintenance requirements; and artists’ qualifications.
Look for more in tomorrow's printed edition of The Herald.