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May 23, 2019
Category: DT Advantage Summer 2019

Art Walk

Sentinel

Each layer of this stone tower is created from ancient rock of each of Canada’s provinces and territories. This includes Cambrian Black Granite from Quebec, Tyndall Stone from Manitoba, Nephrite from BC, and Rundle Rock from Alberta. The Red Sandstone from PEI was difficult to source as there are no working quarries in the region. Sandra Bromley reclaimed the stone from the foundation of a 200-year-old building. Sentinel represents strength, diversity and Canada’s natural history. Sentinel is part of The Art & Design in Public Places program led by The Works.  10147 108 Street art

AmiskwacÎw Wâskâyhkan Ihtâwin

Metis artist Destiny Swiderski pays homage to Bohemian waxwing birds, displaying them from takeoff to mid-flight. Each of the 150 copper birds has both Cree syllabics and English translations on them that expresses the Indigenous roots of the park, known as Beaver Hills Park by English speakers. The birds were created by local community members at open workshops and fly over a green forest painted by AJA Louden, an Edmonton street artist. Michael Phair Park, 10124 104 Street

PichiAvo mural

For the past five years, the folks at Rust Magic Festival have been using Downtown buildings as blank canvases. So far there are about 10 technicolour large-scale murals that are seriously Instagrammer-friendly and are now making our Downtown identifiable. Edmonton’s largest mural was painted last year on the side of Jefferson Lofts by Spanish duo PichiAvo.  103 Avenue & 106 Street

Turbulent

Inspired by the flowing forms of the North Saskatchewan River, Jill Anholt created the striking turquoise installation found on the River Valley Access promenade. For easy access to turbulent, take the furnicular down to the promenade. Ribbons of painted metal sit on top of concrete benches, making them a great place to sit and enjoy your lunch, or catch up with a friend. You may notice little triangular bits stuck along the sculptures. This wasn’t part of the original art, the notches were added later to deter the skateboarders from carving their boards along the smooth surface.  10065 100 Street – Mechanized River Valley Access

Homelessness Memorial

Everyone deserves the basic dignity of a warm and safe home. Keith Turnbull and Ritchie Velthuis, two artists commissioned by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH), taught 22 people clay tile making. The end result of this project is this striking piece in near the Royal Alberta Museum. Many of the contributors were homeless and were paid an honorarium for their work. Every year a memorial is held at the sculpture for people who have died or are suffering from causes connected to homelessness or inadequate housing. The installation reminds Edmontonians that homelessness in our city can’t be ignored.  100 Street & 103A Avenue


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