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dazzer
09-11-2006, 05:27 PM
I dont live in Edmonton anymore, but there is some thing that I always imagined would improve Edmonton. In one word - art. I am talking about outdoor art. There just doesnt seem to be much of it in Edmonton that I can remember. Edmonton sometimes seems to me to be a dreary city compared to the dozens of cities I have visited. I know people in Edmonton are wonderful and those writers from elsewhere dont know that. But all they see is dreary North American boringness.

I always dreamed of seeing artwork near the major thoroughfares where it would be appropriate and not cause accidents. I would love to see it in the river valley put where people congregate. I would love to see it near vistas where people come to get inspired. I have my favourite places where some good piece could be put. You know the south side of the hill going past Hawrelak park - I cant remember the name - on the top of the hill going to the university and the south side, I would love to see an inspiring piece. I would love to see it in the middle of some of the remaining traffic circles. Of course I would know it would be expensive and vandalism has to be thought of given the age we live in, but so what? These problems can be overcome. You know I buy flowers to improve my wife and I s spirit. This would be an outdoor flower that could be enjoyed in summer and winter. You could also put an outdoor art park to be enjoyed by car in summer and winter. You could decide to start small and add pieces as money was available. Art could be put in dreary industrial areas where the city is currently using flower pots. The city could fall in love with inspiring pieces. Now Conservatives and some types might not like this idea. I have seen it done in cities in Europe and elsewhere and one of the reasons it can fail is if bad pieces are picked. Art is so subjective. So the people picking the art cant be stupid and pick things that get people upset. I am not all that optimistic such people can be found. Anyway, thats my idea. Comments?

DanC
09-11-2006, 05:45 PM
Yes! Especially in the Downtown and in the new East Jasper area, I want to see public displays or large pieces, small pieces anything to add a punch to the streetscape.

RichardS
09-11-2006, 11:40 PM
Um...I am white, conservative, and maybe not He-Man but definitely not She-Ra either...and I LOVE THIS IDEA...it is something lacking in here for years.


Art in this area has to move on from a pyrogy on a fork...

DanC
09-11-2006, 11:44 PM
What about the "World's largest sausage erect"?

m0nkyman
09-11-2006, 11:47 PM
Art in this area has to move on from a pyrogy on a fork...

I'm almost afraid to ask, but I gotta. Hunh, what? Perogie on a fork?

Andrea Schuld-Ergil
10-11-2006, 12:34 AM
The one thing I loved about the very downtown area of downtown Toronto (i.e. big bank central) was all the public art all over the place.

Outdoor art, as well as indoors - but in the lobbies of the massive glass-fronted buildings so that you could see it from outside as well.

A most excellent idea! :D

RichardS
10-11-2006, 12:39 AM
I'm almost afraid to ask, but I gotta. Hunh, what? Perogie on a fork?


Compliments of our friends in Glendon, AB...

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/images/xc/XABGLEpyrogy_newlon.jpg

Or that Edmonton gem...

http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/edbat.jpg

That Mundare specality...
http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/mundare.jpg

Compliments of our St. Albert brethern...

http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/badminton.jpg



you want to see all the gems...

http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/alberta.htm


I do like this one in Calgary though...

http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/brotherhood.jpg


...and I wish the cl;adding was still on this Papal memory...

http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/dove.jpg

canucklehead
10-11-2006, 01:37 AM
It's a great idea. The city needs more local culture period. All the great cities of the world are home to large vibrant artistic communities which Edmonton has to a certain extent, but it could always be alot better...

Fell
10-11-2006, 02:23 PM
Amen, dazzer!

As an extension of this idea: why not commission some of the world's most foremost artists from regions from which the peoples of Edmonton come from? The best English artist for one piece, the best Ukrainian for another, the best Korean for another, the best East Indian, the best First Nations, and the best local?

Art serves to celebrate a native language of society and culture, but by drawing in elements from other regions of the world we embrace a cosmopolitan element which may inspire new artistic dialects right here in the city!

And please scrap those various coloured kids metal murals that have sprung up around the city.

amanzano
10-11-2006, 03:09 PM
Amen, dazzer!

As an extension of this idea: why not commission some of the world's most foremost artists from regions from which the peoples of Edmonton come from? The best English artist for one piece, the best Ukrainian for another, the best Korean for another, the best East Indian, the best First Nations, and the best local?

Great idea. I hope we could replace OR at least move that stupid wind pipe thingy on Jasper & 109 to a better spot because the empty parking lot does not compliment it at all. These Sculptures needto be big though...because a small piece of art will not make me want to get out of my car and take a picture!