Redpoll Centre Public Art Commission

Date: Nov 23, 2017

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) in partnership with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has recently unveiled a new public art commission by Alberta artist Lucie Bause.

The two paintings, Boreal Forest Stories and Butterfly Effects, are located in the public reception at The Redpoll Centre in Shell Place, Fort McMurray. The projects were created to commemorate the opening of the newly developed workspace at the Redpoll Centre, a space managed by the United Way of Fort McMurray.

The commissions were first unveiled as a part of Alberta Culture Days on September 29th, 2017, and were funded through the AFA's Public Art Commissions program. Though the artwork is located at the Redpoll Centre it became a part of the AFA's public art collection upon completion, and will remain there through an extended loan agreement with the AFA.

About the work

Lucie Bause created the triptych Boreal Forest Stories to express a celebration of both life and nature by focusing on the natural environment around the Wood Buffalo region. Each panel in the triptych is about 4 ft x 6 ft, which makes the total span of the artwork just below 20 ft. 

Her second painting, Butterfly Effects, was created in collaboration with local students to help reflect on the values of community engagement and creative innovation. Butterfly Effects was realized through collage and acrylic on canvas and is sized at 4 ft x 6 ft.

For images of both the artworks and display please click through the slideshow at the top of the page.
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