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Ward 7 News: Public Art Unveiled at Emergency Operations Centre

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Strange objects have been arriving by flatbed trucks to the Emergency Operations Centre in Rotary Park. They are the first pieces of sculpture for the public art installation, Frozen River, sponsored by the Calgary Fire Department and the Calgary Public Art Program. 

The artist, Stephen Glassman, describes his work:

”Frozen River is a gesture to the native glacial and prairie landscape and its people. A rambling path of local stone and bent pipe loop-de-loops across the horizon, apparently in motion, defying gravity like a frozen river. The sculpture is a response to Calgary’s inspiring elemental force and beauty – the rolling prairie, the metallic sky, the arctic air, the glacial river, and the emerging mountains.”

Public Art, Calgary Emergency Management Agency, and Parks are working together to minimize any inconvenience during the installation process for neighbours of the EOC, as well as users of the Rotary Park playground.  Installation of the main structural elements will be complete in 2-3 days, and landscaping and non-structural components of the artwork will be complete by the end of the October.

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