TransitStory - Calgary, Alberta
Posted by: wildwoodke
N 51° 02.780 W 114° 03.634
11U E 706034 N 5659088
Quick Description: These sculptures, titled TransitStory, is by Jill Anholt a former resident of the city of Calgary, Alberta.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 4/12/2012 6:02:33 PM
Waymark Code: WME77T
These sculptures tie into the grates that are found in the sidewalk of the Centre Street CTrain platform. From east to west they appear blue and green, disappear when you walk by then go to orange and yellow.
This sculpture is worth a trip back as the photos were only taken from one angle, not looking back on the walk through downtown.
There are 30 figures that make up this fantastic display.
The getdown.ca - downtown Calgary blog describes the art as:
"Some of Downtown Calgary’s newest public art touches on this concept. TransitStory showcases 30 steel sculptures artfully sandblasted and painted. Installed on the Centre Street C-train platform, the sculptures resemble steel shadows of commuters that have been frozen in time.
“The artwork evokes the ephemeral presence and memory of past travelers” says Artist Jill Anholt, a former Calgarian whose site-specific sculptures investigates the qualities of movement, light and materials. Through the most casual of glances, these qualities are drawn to the forefront of the sculptures. Walking past the sculptures, you will see the forms change as your perspective changes. From orange to blue, the colours change as the viewer passes by, the materials and the movement of the viewers play with the light and the sculptures appear different from each angle.
This dynamic mimics the city around it, Calgary is a booming oil-hub for some, a burgeoning artistic community to others, and the heart of an agricultural centre to more. The artist hopes to intrigue passers-by, to rouse them out of their sleepy commutes and explore the art and the city that surrounds it. It’s hoped that it will inspire the people of Calgary to continue writing their story, no matter how insignificant they think it is. After all, we should all know by now how a confluence of small and seemingly insignificant details can amount to something extraordinary."
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