Public art walking tours of Capital Boulevard on Culture Days

Date: Oct 2, 2017

The AFA was pleased to offer guided interpretive walking tours of the Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project – Canada 150 on Capital Boulevard in Edmonton during Alberta Culture Days 2017. 

Each tour included an in-depth look at five new original landmark sculptures created by Albertan artists along 108 street in downtown Edmonton between 99th and 104th avenue. (Click slideshow arrows above for more images.) Saturday and Sunday tours were open to the public, while Friday tours were reserved for Edmonton school groups.

Tours featured:

  • appearances by Ken Macklin, Sandra Bromley and Voyager Art & Tile (Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur)
  • included a tour of the projects' Maquette Exhibit
  • included a tour of the Alberta Legislature's summer art exhibit, "The Dream We Form By Being Together" at the Borealis Gallery

Each tour was approximately 90 minutes, and was wheelchair accessible. 

More about the Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project

The five commissioned sculptures are a legacy for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With these sculptures, Alberta artists contribute to the interpretation and storytelling of Canada’s past, present and future. The sculptures reflect Canadian landscapes, culture, history and/or values such as diversity, inclusion, reconciliation, and inspiring youth. The artworks are a symbol of community collaboration and partnership as citizens come together for Canada 150. In addition, these five sculptures will become part of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection.

The five selected artists are:

  • Leo Arcand of Alexander First Nation
  • Sandra Bromley of Edmonton
  • Firebrand Glass (Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock) of Black Diamond
  • Ken Macklin of Gunn
  • Voyager Art & Tile (Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur) of Red Deer

This Project has been funded in part by the Government of Canada, with matching investments from partners: the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Edmonton; and support from the Downtown Business Association, and The Works Society.

Tours during  Alberta Culture Days were made possible through funding by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.