Cassie Suche’s Speak Softly explores the emotional perception of space, using the juxtaposition of organic forms to encourage mindfulness and viewer participation with the here and now.
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Much like great architecture and thoughtful urban planning, public art adds to a city’s vibrancy and energy, pumping up “the ballet factor” if you will, catapulting a place from just OK to on-trend and highly livable.“We feel like art in general is one of the foundational pillars of building great culture,” says Alkarim Devani, founder of Rndsqr, the inner-city developer of the recently launched Courtyard 33 project in Marda Loop.At Courtyard 33’s core is a vibrant public realm, bursting with public art. Two 3,000-square-foot murals will grace the full six-storey height of the mixed-use residential project — one on the exterior east wall and the other in the internal corridor, spilling onto the interior public courtyard.Designed by Winnipeg’s 5468796 Architecture, the building’s innovative design, featuring a 50-foot wide staircase leading from street level to the second-level public realm, has won the Mayor’s Urban Design Award.In 2018, Rndqr put out a call for mural art submissions, narrowing the selection down to 10 semi-finalists with the launch of the public art campaign in January of this year.Smaller versions of the submissions are now currently on rotating display in various South Calgary local businesses like Phil & Sebastian.“The art community in Calgary is so dynamic. It’s also clear that public art and its funding in Calgary has been quite controversial. We wanted to turn those conversations on their head,” says Devani.To that end Rndsqr is picking up the tab for the art and putting out a call for a public vote to narrow down the selections to four finalists.
Through the use of geometric and linear forms, along with a spectrum of colour, Bradley Harms uses the language of past painting traditions to address contemporary culture.
A visual artist with a passion for skate and snowboarding, Ben Arcega in this work utilizes soft colours and geometric shapes to craft a thought provoking visual feast.
A nod to nature within the city, Curtis Van Charles uses bright juicy reds and minty greens in crisp photographic detail to highlight the elegant whopping crane, the tallest bird in North America.
This large-scale graffiti abstraction by David Brunning melds vivid colour with beautiful composition, to create a feeling of softness, an undulating urban landscape.
A celebration of spirit, hope, beauty and culture, this painting by Kalem Feke Dan represents the lifelong journey of healing.
Rich colours and polychrome brushstrokes carve an architectural and playful abstract work by James Wyper designed to reflect the community spirit and vibrancy of life in Marda Loop and CY33’s place in that milieu.
A passionate cycler, Kyle Metcalf has depicted the silhouette of a cyclist using the iconic colours and patterns of the sport with a modern simplicity.
With an MFA from York University, Kriss Januk funnels his artistic talents into helping those with developmental disabilities. His playful work celebrates architecture and design and the human connections that it fosters.
A vibrant mélange of colour, this work by Katie Green and Daniel Kirk symbiotically incorporates all of the elements – water, air, earth, sky and wood. A rebirth; the cycle of life.
The two winners will then be selected by a panel of invested folks, including Johanna Hurme from 5468796 Architecture, Amery Calvelli from Design Talks, Peter Schryvers, director of public art for the Beltline, David White from CivicWorks, Julie Jeffrey from the Marda Loop BIA, Mike Morrison from Mike’s Bloggity Blog, along with the developer, Alkarim Devani.Courtyard 33 will be located on the west end of 33rd Avenue and will have two levels of retail and commercial offerings, including a shared co-working space, and a selection of hand-picked artisanal businesses like Diner Deluxe and Brewer’s Apprentice. The upper four storeys will house 56 one- and two-bedroom apartment-style condominiums, ranging from 500 to 940 square feet with sleek finishes and ample natural light. Most homes have a private terrace and all come with underground parking.Members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite artist either via Instagram @RNDSQR (take a photo of your favourite and hashtag #CY33) or at www.cy33.ca/art.