World-renowned artist/author Douglas Coupland reveals his vision of Calgary for his 1st large-scale artwork in Alberta. Interpretation of Calgary, Alberta in the 21st Century is 4. 9 metres high and 4.1 metres wide and will be part of the Mark on 10th condo building being developed by Qualex-Landmark.
With Interpretation of Calgary, Alberta in the 21st Century Coupland has created a portrait of Calgary using a series of colour codes. These target forms investigate the flora, fauna and institutions of the city on a purely optical level, for example magpies, wild roses and curling all reduced to a set of three rings with a centre that relay to viewers a shorthand for what exists in the local world.
“It's a distillation of Calgary that is both part of the modern world, yet also eternal,” say Doug Coupland of Interpretation of Calgary, Alberta in the 21st Century. “It is a work that engages the viewer in an ongoing challenge to identify and remember what is depicted — almost like a chocolate box and its map. The forms become signs that will, across time, mellow and ripen within a viewer's memory, also acting as a smart and anticipated 'welcome home' moment.”