The City of Calgary has initiated the public art process to commission public art for installation along the West LRT transit line in southwest Calgary.
The overall goal of this project is to install art along the West LRT transit line that will heighten the pedestrian and rider experience along the corridor, engage walkers and riders at various points throughout their journey, or while they wait on platforms, and make the experience of being in and moving through the corridor a stimulating and interesting one.
Council has also directed that the public art process consider the potential opportunities that exist to preserve or reinterpret the original Centre Street Lions in a variety of distinct, creative and innovative ways, within a contemporary context.
The Public Art Program is committed to incorporating citizen engagement as much as possible throughout the course of this project. The first in a series of public participation opportunities took place on Saturday, June 14. This well-attended community workshop introduced interested Calgarians to the public art process, provided an overview of the original Centre Street Lions (both their history and current state) and encouraged small group discussion around three project-specific questions. The input gathered (available here in the What Was Said report, and the Workshop Summary report) will be used in the development of guiding principles that will inform the Request for Proposals (also known as the ‘call for artists’), the chosen artist’s approach, and the project as a whole.
In addition, citizens had a chance to share their thoughts through an online survey which closed July 21. Results are currently being reviewed and will be posted shortly.