Calgary’s public art has been the talk of the town lately, but the city has some truly amazing pieces on display for residents and visitors. Particularly interesting is the initiative to add the LRT stations to the city’s artscape. Easily accessible art, these projects are on display 24/7. Buy a day pass, hop on the train and check out all the different art offerings around your city.
Luminous Crossings at City Hall Station
For the past few years, the city has been extending the LRT system and revamping the existing stations. The City Hall Station received a special makeover last winter, courtesy of Cliff Garten Studios. The interactive light display is timed to change with the coming and going of the trains. Towers mark the entrance to the platform, and hanging sculptures greet transit riders.
Recollections, Topiary and Topiary Quilts at McKnight-Westwinds Station
This three-part installation from Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii is on display at the McKnight Station, and extends from the parking lot to the plaza and platform. Quilts adorn the parking lot, while a large sculpture representing the crossroads between nature and civilization stands in the plaza. The station platform is extensively detailed, and includes a photo from Calgary’s past etched into the columns.
Skywalk at Canyon Meadows Station
No matter what weather conditions seem to be prevailing in Calgary, sunny blue skies can always be seen on the Canyon Meadows Station pedestrian overpass. Take a stroll over the walkway and explore Derek Besant’s 14-panel depiction of Chinook skies.
Confluence at Martindale Station
Art takes on function in this installation-screening wall hybrid. The goal of the project was to ingrate the city’s past with its rivers and to involve the local community. David Dahlquist consulted with the local community to provide input on symbols that held meaning to them and their city. Make sure to get off at Martindale to truly soak in the mural.
Transit Story at Centre Street Station
Transit passengers need not feel alone at Centre Street Station. Jill Anholt's series of colourful steel sculptures of transit riders line the station’s platform and greet Calgary’s core. Head downtown to take a closer look at these silent riders.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®