Town of Canmore

New Public Art Piece

Winning Artist

The 2018 National Competition selected artist is Canmore artist Tony Bloom for his proposal Altered Ground (formerly known as Orogens: The Canmore Formation). Tony has a studio career spanning more than four decades that began, developed, and matured in Canmore. His work has been exhibited in North America, Europe, and Japan, and he has been the recipient of national, provincial, and civic awards. 

Altered Ground is a piece about Canmore and the geology that cradles it. Undercurrents is five parallel undulating steel vertical “slabs,” with various sizes of stainless steel spheres trapped among them. A cast bronze fossil wall will also be part of the piece.

 This video shows what the piece may look like as you are driving towards Main Street on Fairholme Drive. 

Selected Location

Tony has selected to place the new piece at Fairholme Drive on the Spur Line Trail. 


Progress for installation is underway with the ring wall footing poured, cured, and stripped; and with the plinth footing poured, cured, and stripped. The next steps, including the cement pour, handing and covering the bronze frieze, and landscaping, are scheduled to begin August 11.

Anticipated Project Completion: Mid- to late-September

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