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Thomson Family Park Public Art Project

​Description ​Calgary artist Sergey Ryutin worked with the local community and as part of the design team to develop The Readiness is All, a temporary public artwork for the Thomson Family Park project, commissioned by Calgary Parks.

Working in conjunction with the Painted City Street Art Program for Youth, the mural considers both the cultural heritage of the site, and reflects the vision and desires of the community and the Thomson family.
​Public Art Budget ​$14k
​Year Approved ​2016
​Artist ​Sergey Ryutin was chosen via an open call (for the Painted City Street Art Program for Youth) and selected by a project-specific public art selection panel.
​Expected Completion ​2016
The Artist on September 29, 2016, completing the final touches to the mural.
The Artist on September 29, 2016, completing the final touches to the mural.

The Artist  

Sergey Ryutin is a professional artist, who's primarily focusing in the urban art form. Living and working in Calgary for over ten years, Sergey had done a number of projects, both exterior and interior, for a variety of clients. The Artist 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. He has previously taught youth about street art techniques and history through live demonstrations and tutorials.

The Concept

The mural contains the quote “The Readiness is All,” from the William Shakespeare play, Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2.

 
Throughout the play, Hamlet constantly debates the meaning of life… this line demonstrates Hamlet’s new thinking and that he is at peace with the inevitable. In a general sense, this line is a good reminder, to everyone, to always be ready for anything. Everyone will face either a difficult situation or decision at some point in their lives, and being prepared for that can make a significant difference.

Engagement

The artist designed the artwork based on information gathered through meetings with stakeholders, community input as well as site-specific considerations and cultural heritage.

Community participant in the Open House for the Thomson Family Park Public Art Project in August 2016. Photos by Ryan Leontowich.
Community participant in the Open House for the Thomson Family Park Public Art Project in August 2016. Photos by Ryan Leontowich.