162 Avenue and MacLeod Trail Interchange Public Art
162 Avenue and MacLeod Trail Interchange
The interchange at Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue S. is the first diverging diamond interchange built in Canada, providing a free-flow gateway to the city from the provincial highway network. It acts as an artistic community gateway, linking neighbourhoods on both sides of Macleod Trail, and enhancing mobility for all users.
Created in 2018, the artwork is titled Macleod and consists of north and south underpass grills, pedestrian railings and two painted steel towers along the pathway. This work features laser-cut metal patterning inspired by motion, the sky, the site, and nearby waterways. The towers and grills are illuminated with programmable LED lighting to promote community connectivity with seasons, holidays and place.
The artwork uses a pattern language of overlapping curves suggested by the diverging diamond of the interchange. The undulating curves are reminiscent of the rippling currents of the nearby Fish Creek and Bow River. The design is inspired by the perception of motion experienced by pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists moving through the site at various speeds.
Artist Vicki Scuri (SiteWorks), designed and built the public art piece with Alexander Polzin (ISL Engineering) for the transportation network. The project was allocated $70,000.