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.

Selected Location

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

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. 

Four Final Artists

Ludovic Boney

Artist Residency: April 4 - 7

Public Presentation: April 5, 7 p.m. at artsPlace

Ludovic Boney is an indigenous artist based in Saint-Romuald, Quebec. After completing his studies in sculpture in 2002, he co-founded the artistic workshop, Bloc 5 (Quebec City), with four other artists where he worked for 15 years. Regularly producing public art projects in his name as well as working on numerous artists projects, Ludovic is also a professor of sculpture at the Maison des métiers d’art de Quebec (Quebec City).

Ludovic has created more than a dozen public art projects. Some of his recent permanent works were installed at the City Hall of Quebec City, the Perce Geopark (Perce), the Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec (Quebec City) and the Trois-Rivieres amphitheatre (Trois-Rivieres). His works are part of many collections.

Hooman Mehdizadehjafari

Artist Residency: April 13 - 17

Public Presentation: April 16, 7 p.m. at artsPlace

Hooman Mehdizadehjafari is an award winning Iranian-Canadian artist based in Vancouver. He was born in Kerman, Iran in 1985 and received his Bachelor of Arts Sculpture (2008), Master of Arts in Painting (2011) from Tehran University of Art. Hooman started his professional career as a visual artist from the first years of his education by taking part in over 25 sculpture and visual art exhibitions around the world. He also held three solo shows and took part in several biennials, expos and art fairs.

As a prominent part of his professional background, Hooman received several awards in the field of sculpture and public art. He is mostly known for his large-scale sculptures and installations. 

Tony Bloom

Public Presentation: May 4, 7 p.m. at artsPlace

Tony Bloom works primarily in steel, copper, bronze, and aluminum, producing sculpture which ranges from intimate, hand-held objects to outdoor monumental-sized plaza pieces. Often his artwork involves or implies movement, sound, water, or wind, and can have a functional aspect or reference, such as fountains, maps, gates, or thresholds, including WaterWork, a four ton water-driven kinetic fountain for the head offices of the BC Hydro Authority in Vancouver, British Columbia. He collaborates with landscape architects and designers in creating art works and sculpture, sometimes with interpretive, ceremonial, inspirational, or civic components.

For over four decades Tony Bloom’s work has been exhibited in North America, Europe, and Japan, and he has been the recipient of national, provincial, and civic awards. He is the co-founder of Stonecrop Studios in Canmore, Alberta where he continues to create artwork for municipalities, corporations, and private residences that reflects his engagement with the dynamics of mental and physical play. 

Mary Anne Barkhouse

Artist Residency: Dates TBD

Public Presentation: Date TBD

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She is the descendant of a long line of internationally recognized Northwest Coast artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. She graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States. Working with a variety of materials Mary Anne examines ecological concerns and Indigenous culture through the use of animal imagery. Inspired by issues surrounding empire and survival, whether it is from a political climate or a natural one, Barkhouse creates installations that evoke consideration of the self in relation, and as a response, to the history and environment. 

A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Barkhouse’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Remai Modern, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Art Bank of the Canada Council of the Arts, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Banff Centre for the Arts and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.