In the spring of 2019, the City of Airdrie accepted a public art donation from the Alberta University of the Arts, formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design. The work of art is an untitled metal sculpture created by Harold Weiss who won a 3rd year sculpture competition with the piece in the 1970’s at the Alberta College of Art.
Many Airdrie residents who have attended concerts at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary may be familiar with the sculpture as it was a fixture along the walkway to the Jubilee for close to half a century.
Upon accepting this gifted artwork, Airdrie City Council and Administration worked with a committee of community members to determine where it would be placed, and ultimately the group decided on the location in front of City Hall.
The Sculpture was unveiled officially September 28, 2019 and has been added to the City of Airdrie’s collection of public art.
Poetry in Motion
Take a ride on an ICE bus during October to read the literary works of the Airdrie Public Library’s Poetry in Motion contest winners, Sholley Powell and Radwan Matar.
The two winning poems and four shortlisted poems were announced at the Voice and Vision event hosted by the Airdrie Public Library on September 28, 2019. The Poetry in Motion contest took place in the summer of 2019; poets could submit three separate poems, with a maximum of 11-lines and were blind-judged by Weyman Chan.
Public Art Policy
The City of Airdrie recognizes that public art contributes to a healthy quality of life for its residents. There are a number of examples of public art in the city from the Canada 150 Legacy Project, the Totem Poles in Gwacheon Park, the Centennial Sphere in front of City Hall to the Out of the Blue stained glass installation at Genesis Place.
To assist with the selection and acquisition of public art in the community, the City of Airdrie is guided by the City of Airdrie Public Art policy.
Airdrie’s premier performing arts facility offers affordable entertainment in an intimate venue. The 377 seat facility provides audiences with a unique opportunity to experience world renowned performers in a local setting.