Town of Canmore

New Public Art Piece

A new public art piece will be installed in the spring of 2019. The new piece is expected to be a large scale sculptural work. 

Winning Artist

The 2018 National Competition selected artist is Canmore artist Tony Bloom for his proposal 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. 

Orogens: The Canmore Formation is a piece about Canmore and the geology that cradles it. Orogens 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. 


  1. Installation will begin in spring 2019. More details will be posted here once the installation starts. 

The Process

  1. The process started with an open call to senior and mid-career Canadian artists or artist teams.
  2. From there the public art selection committee narrowed the applicants to a shortlist of four artists.
  3. The four shortlisted artists participated in a residency where they engaged with the community and gave a public presentation about their work. 
  4. A selection committee made up of two members of the community, two artists and an engineer reviewed all four final proposals including models. They used the following criteria in choosing the winner: artistic vision; community relevance; community engagement; structural safety and integrity and financial feasibility.