Town of Canmore

Canmore's Public Art Collection

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:

Canmore Public Art Tour Map  -   pdf Utility Box Project Information (4.88 MB)

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. 

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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