The Centre City Banner Program is an initiative led by The
City’s Centre City Implementation Team with the assistance from the Public Art
Program. Since 2008, this program has provided local artists with an
opportunity to create banner artwork that has contributed to the vitality and
attractiveness of Calgary’s urban core.
The artwork is generally replaced
annually with a new look and story to welcome people to the core. In the past,
artists have been encouraged to explore Calgary’s unique characteristics in the
banner artwork – from Calgary’s history, community, urbanity and natural
landscapes. Overall, the banner designs have been celebratory in nature
and have provided a punch of vibrancy to the public realm.
Banners have been displayed on the Olympic Plaza pergola and
up to seven bridges leading into the downtown area, including the Zoo (12th
Street N.E.), Inglewood (Ninth Avenue S.E.), MacDonald (MacDonald Avenue S.E.),
Louise (10th Street N.W. ), Mewata (14th Street S.W.),
Langevin (Fourth Street N.E.) and Centre Street (Centre Street N.E.) bridges. These spaces become open-air art galleries, acting as
gateways to the downtown and cultural heart, and creating a narrative for
pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
The display period
for the work will last approximately one year in length and artworks will be developed in 2015 for installation from 2016 - 2018.
The artist roster was chosen by a standard selection panel composed of three artists, three community representatives and one representative from the Centre City team.
The artists chosen for the roster are:
Mary Haasdyk & My-An Nguyen