The City of Calgary Public Art Program and The Calgary Fire Department have hired Calgary artist Sergey Ryutin for a public art project at the Fire Station 1 newly redesigned park.
Fire Station 1 is located at 209 4 Ave SE. The Calgary Fire Department has redeveloped the park on top of Fire Station 1. The Fire Department and the Public Art Program felt that the addition of two-dimensional public art to the redeveloped industrial theme site will soften and enhance the park and appeal to park users.
The artist chose to use the theme of ‘four seasons’ throughout the park in a variety of applications based on a number of considerations; such as use of the park, feel of the park, stakeholder considerations, project goals and patterns and repetitions in the elements of the park. The artist felt that from many vantage points, the built environment of the downtown core does not readily give indication to the seasonal change and that through the permanent nature of glass and concrete the passage of time is obscured.
Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their respective combinations via addition, subtraction, division or by multiplying the numbers, are dominant throughout the park features. For example: there is one maintenance shed with three sides, two side walls of the entryway, one awning, four grate walls, three sides of the west tower that are visible to the passer-by, +15 use of the space, 12 light poles located within the park, five areas with soft landscaping, one chimney, etc. The artist also wanted to make sure that the design for the banner portion of the artwork and the design for the overall park would jive together. With consideration that there are 12 light poles located within the park and one at the +15 entryway, the artist decided that each pole will have graphic representing the month and the season of the year, totaling 12 months - separate graphics, that are based on the season representations collected during the Community Engagement as well as the artist’s personal sense of style, leaving one banner dedicated to the Calgary fire Department as the park itself is located on top of the fire station.
Sergey Ryutin was selected from the Painted City Roster and his concept was approved by a project-specific public art selection panel. The Painted City Artist Roster provides support to the local art scene by providing City departments a list of preapproved artists qualified for projects under $75,000. The roster allows these street-level artworks to add vibrancy to our cityscape, while creating a sense of place and identity. He worked with the local community and with the project team and key stakeholders to develop the artwork.
Sergey is a professional artist, who focuses primarily on the urban art form. He is dedicated to giving back to the community, having participated in outreach programs for youth and initiatives promoting the transformational powers of the arts for youth. Sergey was born in 1985 in Russia and he lived half his life in Sevastopol, Ukraine before immigrating to Canada in 2001. Through the years his creative passion led him to explore a variety of artistic styles and mediums and took him many places across the globe. Sergey’s latest creative endeavour is opening his own company, Cheka Creative.