A PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION
BY GORDON SKILLING + JOLIE BIRD
A fun and playful way of representing new directions in the ongoing development of Calgary.
Novus Textura represents Calgary's history of innovation and resiliency through the lens of collaboration, bringing together a team of artists, designers, engineers and fabricators in expressing an artistic vision.
Local talent, local development, and local innovation.
Jolie Bird is a Calgary artist and is employed at Alberta University of the Arts (AU Arts) as the Educational Art Technician for the Fibre Program.
Her research explores visual and conceptual contrasts that arise through simple yet laborious techniques, focusing on transforming ordinary objects into non-functional precious works of art. Novus Textura is her largest installation to date.
Gordon Skilling is a Calgary artist and designer with an education in landscape architecture and environmental design.
Gordon is interested in understanding and representing the complex relationship between humans and their environment. Whenever possible, site, community, city, and regional contexts are investigated and combined with local history, culture, climate, and geography in formulating an overarching concept that will define a work’s structural foundation and inspire material form.
Entuitive is a group of passion-fueled engineers, designers, technologists, and city-building experts who strive to build a better world by being creative, collaborative, and advanced.
Ian Washbrook and his team have been engaged in innovative projects like Calgary Public Library, Platform Innovation Centre and the University of Calgary MacKimmie Complex, and conducted wind load and UV ray studies on the fibre elements of Novus Textura.
Carvel Creative is a public art, fabrication, and design studio located in Calgary built by four talented craftspeople with a shared passion for the design and creation of beautiful works of art.
The team at Carvel provides artists and designers with a wide range of development tools that allows for expressing their artistic vision in the public realm.
Pictured above: Dallas Hill, Trucking & Transportation Specialist
Crystal Services began as a demolition business and has evolved to provide specialized moving, hoisting, and rigging services.
Over the years Crystal Services has been included in a variety of interesting and challenging jobs, including an increasingly significant role in the installation of major works of art in our city.
Difficult jobs are their specialty!
The ten tree sculptures located north of the west tower of Bankers Hall on Stephen Avenue are a gift from Trizec Hahn Office Properties to the City of Calgary, made in 2000 following the completion of the second Bankers Hall office tower.
Galleria Trees was designed by Singleton Architecture with Jablonsky Associates and Morrison Hershfield for Trizec Development. Since their installation, they have become a much-loved and iconic symbol of Calgary’s downtown.
Adjacent to Bankers Hall on Stephen Avenue Mall.
Art and The City
Crystal Services Inc.
Gradient Wind Engineers & Scientists
HCM Contractors Inc.
Maidment Land Surveys
McIntosh Lalani Engineering Ltd.
Northwest Quarter Projects Inc.
The City of Calgary
300 West Block Avenue Mall Management Committee
Bankers Hall Galleria
The Cohos Evamy Partners (Rick Singleton, Architect)
Trizec Hahn Office Properties
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land and who honour and celebrate this territory.
This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to join our team on the lands of Treaty 7 territory.
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