Calgary Street Art

While cycling to Mission from Renfrew along the Bow River Pathway, I rode past a wall mural under a train bridge in Inglewood. It was so stunning I stopped to photograph it. The picture does not do it justice but it did get me thinking about art in public places and its presence on Calgary’s city streets. So I started a self-induced treasure hunt of sorts looking for more urban wall art. Here’s what I have been impressed by thus far:

This is another shot of the first mural. I tried to look for an artist’s name or any write-ups about it online but I was unsuccessful. If anyone whose work this is, let me know.

I stumbled upon the following mural a stones throw from my house in Renfrew. This delightful piece is on the back of an interior design office behind Flora on Edmonton Trail. It depicts a modern view of Calgary’s skyline. Because of the fact that it’s off the beaten path, it delightfully surprises the passer-by and lends itself to pondering the role of public art and whether or not it needs to be “out there”.

In between coffee and consignment shopping I serendipitously saw this fine piece of street art (below). It’s attached to the Beadles Bead store off of 17th ave. Its jarring, yet adorable, iconography is sure to attract the undecided passer-by to rationalize checking out the store’s wares.

As part of this past week’s Fluid Festival (Calgary’s Annual Performance Art Festival) I head about ContainR. ContainR combines urban structure with performance art ie: dancing in shipping containers. To liven up the once plain metallic structures, the shipping containers are delectably covered with contemplative art.

As my street art treasure hunt will surely by ongoing, I thought I would make a shout out to the ongoing electric box art project. One of the City of Calgary’s innovative initiatives to not only beautify the city but provide opportunities for local artists to display their art. Here are a few examples I passed while on my excursion.

By Elena Bushan

The above electric box art was done by local Aaron Navrady. If you know the name of any of the others artists so I can credit them for their fine work, please let me know. And if you know of any other street art that you find particularly gripping, inspiring, or beautiful, let me know.


About hannahslomp

I have an interest in arts and culture wherever my bicycle takes me. My travels have allowed me to realize that there is ingenuity wherever you go, you just have to go off the beaten municipal bike path.
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