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Wolfe and the Sparrows: 12 Street Bridge Public Art

About the art work

Wolfe and the Sparrows is a cast bronze sculpture, inspired by an existing statue of General James Wolfe, sculpted by John Massey Rhind in 1898.

General Wolfe was a British army general who lead the British army to victory over the French during the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

Wolfe and the Sparrows may first appear to be a traditional monument, cast in bronze and raised on a pedestal.

But as you move closer, it is revealed to be different: a flock of sparrows explodes from the figure, distorting Wolfe’s head and shoulders.

This sculpture doesn’t celebrate a historical figure; it is transformative.

This art work will be installed in spring, 2019.


Value to Calgarians

This work challenges our ideas of nationhood as we explore and evolve our understanding of the past.

Rhind’s original piece is transformed with sparrows, a bird species native to England, General Wolfe’s place of birth. This public art offers a new perspective on how traditional monuments reflect and celebrate moments from our history.

Engagement with Calgarians

The concept for Wolfe and the Sparrows comes from many conversations and engagement with Calgarians from communities near the artwork. This collaboration was essential in the development of the piece.

Where can I find it?

Wolfe and the Sparrows is in Inglewood, near the south west corner of the 12th Street Bridge.


Design, Manufacture and Budget

The artist had $220,000 to design and build the public art piece.
  • This funding is from the 12 Street Bridge's capital budget of $26 million.

More information on the Public Art Process and Policies can be found here.


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