Photo credit: Erin Balaban, Heavy Industries
"TransitStory" by artist Jill Anholt
"TransitStory" by artist Jill Anholt now located outside the 7 Ave. and Centre St. LRT platform in downtown Calgary
Join the crowd and check out TransitStory by artist Jill Anholt now located outside the 7 Ave. and Centre St. LRT platform in downtown Calgary
TransitStory showcases 30 sculptures of people - fabricated from steel, carefully sandblasted and artfully painted - strategically installed along the transit platform. The crowd appears to share a brief moment of time and space with the many other commuters embarking and disembarking at the busy station.
In the artist's words, "The artwork evokes the ephemeral presence and memory of past travellers. Like objects seen obliquely out of the corner of one's eye, the art installation will change from every angle - at once present and absent."
The public art project contributes to the goal of the on-going 7 Avenue Refurbishment project and works to enrich and enliven the ridership and pedestrian experience, while adding to the sense of safety and security of the area.
A former Calgarian, Jill Anholt is a visual artist and designer who has been creating site specific public art installations since 1997. Her work investigates qualities of time, movement, light and materiality often contrasting permanent with ephemeral elements.
Her intent is to intrigue passers-by, drawing them to look closer at the work itself and by extension, explore and discover connections and relationships embodied in the site. Her artworks encompass many different levels of viewer interaction and accessibility; from the overall formal expression that creates a visual impact at a distance, to the material details and embedded imagery that provide a more intimate experience to viewers close up.
This artwork was made possible through the Public Art Policy and the Transportation department. The Transportation department is an active contributor to The City's Public Art Collection and supports the creation of artwork, in a variety of media, that enhances infrastructure and the experience of Calgarians as they move throughout the city.