Wishing Well public art

Wishing Well public artwork relocation

This public artwork is being moved to a new location in 2022.

In partnership with JEMM Properties, the Wishing Well public art piece is being relocated to “Bridge” at Bridgeland (950 McPherson Square N.E.). Installation at the new publicly accessible square outside the new multi-family rental living space and retail plaza is planned for June 2022.

The Wishing Well was originally installed at the Genesis Centre in the city’s northeast in 2012. Due to safety concerns the sculpture was removed in 2014. Since then, we’ve been working with engineers and scientists to conduct reflective sunlight studies and outline design requirements for a suitable new location. 

Ahead of the installation, a non-reflective coating has been applied to the interior of the sculpture to eliminate the possibility for the inside curve of the sculpture to concentrate reflective sunlight. Samples of this non-reflective coating have been successfully tested in a controlled lab environment.

Read our news release – City partners with JEMM Properties to relocate Wishing Well sculpture 

View or download a digital flythrough of the Wishing Well at Bridge in Bridgeland.

About the artwork

Wishing Well is made of stainless steel and weighs 2200 kilograms. It is 3.88 metres tall, 5.36 metres wide and 4 metres deep. Visitors can interact with the sculpture by walking into and around it, adding to the experience of a public space.

Value for investment

The relocation of the Wishing Well will not result in additional cost to Calgary taxpayers.

It was important for The City to find a new home for this piece because it is a very beautiful, interactive, and intriguing sculpture that brings happiness to visitors. It deserves a new location where the public can safely continue to enjoy it. Calgarians only had the chance to experience it for a short time at the Genesis Centre. Having the Wishing Well back in public will give citizens an opportunity to experience the sculpture in its new environment.

The original public art budget for the piece was $700,000. It included artwork design, fabrication, engineering, install and contingencies.

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