Edmonton – The Edmonton Arts Council and City of Edmonton announced the 14 public artworks for the Valley Line Southeast LRT on January 22, 2018 at City Hall. The artworks are commissioned through Edmonton’s Percent for Art policy. Four Edmonton artists, and three additional Alberta artists, were selected as well as two Indigenous artist teams, and one international artist.
The artworks range from intimate, community-focussed glass art and sculpture at the neighbourhood stops to large-scale sculpture, paintings, mosaic, and glass, at the Churchill Connector, Tawatinâ Bridge, Davies Ramp, and Davies Station. Artworks were chosen from a total of 260 proposals by a series of selection committees comprising community members, local artist representatives, City of Edmonton and project personnel. One of the art panels by David Garneau designated for the Tawatinâ Bridge is pictured above.
“The diverse scope of genres and subjects within the Valley Line collection means Edmontonians can expect to find something they connect with and enjoy” says Sanjay Shahani, Edmonton Arts Council Executive Director. “As the artists move forward with their community engagement activities, we encourage Edmontonians to contribute their ideas, stories, and thoughts to add further meaning to the public art in their neighbourhoods.”
Edmonton’s Erin Pankratz will create Intervolve, two 47-meter-long mosaics for each side of the Davies Ramp. The artwork, an interweaving of colours, will echo the path of Mill Creek Ravine. Her proposal was selected through an international call to artists. “Beautiful cities are artful cities. I feel that artistic diversity is important – works by international artists balanced with giving local artists the opportunity to gain experience while creating something wonderful here in Edmonton. Receiving this commission is an honour as I am passionate about art being incorporated into everyday life and I believe it is the role of public art to help create that”.
The artworks are by: Paul Freeman, David Garneau, Adad Hannah, Karen Ho Fatt Lee, Stephanie Jonsson, Laboratory for Integrative Design, Kirsten McCrea, Oksana Movchan, The New BC Indian Art and Welfare Society Collective, Erin Pankratz, Public Studio, Paul Reimer, Shan Shan Sheng, and Max Streicher.
Click here to access images of the artist proposals.