January 22, 2018
The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council announced the 14 public artworks for the Valley Line Southeast LRT today at City Hall. The artworks are commissioned through Edmonton’s Percent for Art policy. Four Edmonton artists, three Alberta artists, two Indigenous artist teams and one international artist were selected.
“The diverse scope of genres and subjects within the Valley Line collection means Edmontonians can expect to find something they connect with and enjoy” said Sanjay Shahani, Edmonton Arts Council Executive Director. “As the artists move forward with their community engagement activities, we encourage Edmontonians to contribute their ideas, stories, and thoughts to add further meaning to the public art in their neighbourhoods.”
The artworks range from intimate, community-focussed glass art and sculpture at the neighbourhood stops to large-scale sculpture, paintings, mosaic, and glass, at the Churchill Connector, Tawatinâ Bridge, Davies Ramp and Davies Station. Artworks were chosen from a total of 260 proposals by a series of selection committees comprising community members, local artist representatives, the City of Edmonton and project personnel.
Edmonton’s Erin Pankratz will create Intervolve, two 47-meter-long mosaics for each side of the Davies Ramp. The artwork, an interweaving of colours, will echo the path of Mill Creek Ravine. Her proposal was selected through an international call to artists.
“Beautiful cities are artful cities. I feel that artistic diversity is important – works by international artists balanced with giving local artists the opportunity to gain experience while creating something wonderful here in Edmonton,” said Pankratz. “Receiving this commission is an honour as I am passionate about art being incorporated into everyday life and I believe it is the role of public art to help create that”.
The artists selected include : Paul Freeman, David Garneau, Adad Hannah, Karen Ho Fatt Lee, Stephanie Jonsson, Laboratory for Integrative Design, Kirsten McCrea, Oksana Movchan, The New BC Indian Art and Welfare Society Collective, Erin Pankratz, Public Studio, Paul Reimer, Shan Shan Sheng, and Max Streicher.
Click here to access images of the artist proposals.
The Edmonton Arts Council is a non-profit society and charitable organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life.
Integrated Infrastructure Services, LRT Services
Eva Marie Clarke
Edmonton Arts Council
780-424-2787 ext 235