Town of Canmore

Altered Ground

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

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 Goodstoney 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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