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Laycock Park Public Art Project

Description​

Artists on the design team for the Laycock Park Restoration project are contributing a creative perspective to the overall project, including the development and design of original and site-specific public art interventions. The goal of the collaboration is to provide Calgarians with a better understanding of the current condition of the creek, its history, the impact of urbanization, and the opportunities for increased stewardship of the creek and its watershed.  

Public Art Budget​ $1.8M​
Year Approved​ 2006 - one of eight projects outlined in the UEP Public Art Plan
Artist​ Sans façon 
Expected Completion​ Currently on hold due to capital project delays ​
Laycock Park Concept Plan

Working as part of the Laycock Park Restoration project design team, Sans façon is contributing a creative perspective to the overall project, including the development and design of original and site-specific public art interventions. The goal of art at this site is to provide Calgarians with a better understanding of the current condition of the creek, its history, the impact of urbanization, and the opportunities for increased stewardship of the creek and its watershed.  

"This type of artist involvement is slightly different than simply being commissioned to produce an independent artwork," says Tristan Surtees. "In collaboration with the different partners, the result will generate a different way of responding to the site and the restoration project as a whole. By working in this manner, we hope to offer alternative solutions to often-familiar problems in the wider restoration and have the 'artwork' seen as the overall process…the events and engagement points with the community, the involvement on the design team, and in the realization of a integrated physical intervention or art piece."

One aspect of this project involved the mentorship of local artist Kay Burns who developed a temporary public art intervention in the summer of 2009 entitled 'Watershed Walk. This interactive art exploration offered a re-interpreted perspective of the watershed in which Laycock Park is situated. To download this art exploration, visit watershed.iriswalks.com

The Artists

Sans façon began as an investigation between British artist, Tristan Surtees, and French architect, Charles Blanc, and has developed into an ongoing collaboration. Working together since 2001, they have undertaken diverse projects, both temporary and permanent, as interventions, public works, publications and exhibitions - predominantly exploring the complex relationship between people and 'place'. Their work often takes a spatial or sculptural form, yet the works are united through their appropriation of a context rather than the use of a particular technique or medium.

The Capital Project

Laycock Park, situated directly south of 64 Ave. N in the Nose Creek Valley, has been identified as the first site for wetland compensation in the city, where The City of Calgary, working with other stakeholders, will restore or re-create wetland habitat. For more information, visit Laycock Park Wetland Restoration Project.

Utilities and Environmental Protection Public Art Plan

This opportunity is one of eight permanent art projects outlined in the Utilities and Environmental Protection Public Art Plan.

The first of its kind in North America, the UEP Public Art Plan is founded on the principle that public art, in collaboration with other disciplines, can create remarkable places that encourage sustainability and stewardship of the environment.

This document, a key component of the overall Master Plan being developed by the Public Art Program, capitalizes on The City's excellent environmental record as steward of the Bow River and as the projects are implemented, will position Calgary as an imaginative and inspired city with regard to art in public places, infrastructure and environmental stewardship.