Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Artwork for Calgary’s Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility will be responsive to the natural environment, creating memorable iconic experiences that reflect the identity of the community, landscape, and facility. The art includes two pieces that each tie to a significant natural feature of the site: the wetland and the knoll.
Art for the knoll is composed of two monumental sculptures conceived from inspirations of the changing shapes of flocks of birds ascending and descending, herds, the movement of Chinook clouds, horns, and torsos of bison and elk, the matrices of animal nests and dens, and mythical creatures. Located along a trail high on the knoll, the art can be perceived from many vantages, creating different images and experiences. The positioning of the sculptures in relation to each other will create compositional changes as the two forms combine into a whole and separate as one moves around or between them. When seen from a distance the art will act as a beacon while close-up views will be a sensory experience of texture, light, and movement.
The second piece will be located at a gathering spot with picnic tables, benches, and an aspen grove overlooking the wetland. The art will create a sculptural space composed of two rows of vertical posts topped with wind and sunlight activated wind vanes. The V-shape the posts create is derived from the shapes of flocks of wetland birds ascending and descending and angles of the sun. The vanes are positioned on poles so that they point to the position of the sun in the sky at noon on the Winter Solstice. When experienced from positions within the sculpture, the art will create an embodied sensory experience of light, texture, and motion. When seen from a distance, the art will compliment the wetland as a bird-like flock rising into the sky.
This artwork is commissioned by the City of Calgary Public Art Program. Installation is expected to occur in 2017.