Public Art is an enhancement that contributes to public improvement or civic construction projects by creating, reinforcing, and enhancing a community’s sense of place. Municipalities gain social, cultural, and economic value through public art displays - adding meaning by creating uniqueness to our neighborhoods.
The program began in 2003 and commissions permanent artworks as well as supports temporary art programs. The collection currently consists of nine pieces by Canadian artists, and we excitedly await for the tenth piece to be installed in 2020! Seven out of the nine pieces in the collection were created by Canmore artists. Ceannmõre, located along main street was created by an Edmonton artist, Alan Henderson. Touchstone, located in front of Elevation Place, was made by New Brunswick artist Peter Powning.
An interactive map tour of public art and information about utility box art in the Town of Canmore can be found at the links below:
How is Public Art Selected?
To learn about the Public Art Process, including information about how a commission is made and what a project budget looks like, click pdf here (3.17 MB) for a PDF version, or here for an interactive presentation.