South LRT Aboriginal Art Panels Unveiled
August 21, 2012
A stunning display of colour and design is on display August 21, 2012 in City Hall as Edmonton Transit, the Edmonton Arts Council and Edmonton’s First Nations community unveiled 15 panels of original art created for the South LRT.
“The City of Edmonton is pleased to be adding new artwork to the South LRT line that is colourful and engaging and reflects the community,” says Mayor Stephen Mandel. “It also honours the special relationship between the City of Edmonton and our First Nations community by celebrating our vibrant First Nations history.”
Working with the communities along the South LRT line, the Edmonton Arts Council commissioned 15 pieces of original art from 3 young Aboriginal artists. The art panels are colourful and engaging, and reflect the vibrant First Nations heritage in the area.
“We are happy to have worked on this project and especially pleased to be showcasing these young Aboriginal artists who have strong connections to Edmonton,” says Kristy Trinier, Public Art Director for the Edmonton Arts Council. “As you can see, there is significant talent here, and the results are beautiful.”
A total of 30 pieces of art (2 copies of each original design) are being installed on monuments adjacent to the South LRT line at intersections on 111 Street between 57 Avenue and 29A Avenue/Saddleback Road. Aaron Paquette, one of Canada’s leading First Nations artists, contributed 6 designs to the project. Jason Carter, an exciting and accomplished contemporary Aboriginal visual artist, provided 5 designs. Bluebird Chloe Mustooch, currently attending Emily Carr University, produced 4 pieces.
These panels are a special project, not part of the City’s Percent for Art program. The City contributed $40,000 and the Edmonton Arts Council contributed $10,000 to the creation and installation of these original works of art.
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