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162 Avenue and MacLeod Trail Interchange Public Art

The interchange at Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue S. will be an integral part of Calgary’s overall transportation network, helping to enhance Macleod Trail as a free-flow gateway to the city from the provincial highway network. This interchange will host the first Diverging Diamond Interchange built in Canada, and public art will be incorporated into it.

The Public Art concept

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The concept is inspired by the perception of motion as it will be experienced by pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists moving through the site at various speeds. The artist has developed a pattern language of overlapping curves suggested by the diverging diamond. The undulating curves are reminiscent of the rippling currents of the nearby Fish Creek and Bow River, promoting a perceptual experience of motion and place.

All projects over $75,000 must be open to bidders outside Calgary and Alberta, under Alberta and Canada’s various trade agreements. A separate selection panel is assembled for each project and according to our Public Art policy, seven members help choose the artist. Each panel consists of three community members, one City employee, and three arts professionals. Public art budgets are calculated at 1% of the first $50 million of the total eligible capital project costs, and 0.5% of the portion over $50 million – up to a maximum of $4 million.

The Artist

Artist Vicki Scuri was selected and allocated $70,000 (capital budget of $78 million) to design and build the public art piece for the transportation network acting as an artistic community gateway, linking neighbourhoods on both sides of Macleod Trail, and enhancing mobility for all users.

This art piece is part of our Public Art program working to create public art that impacts Calgary’s urban landscape and transforms the way Calgarians see, think and experience the city around them.