This fall the Tyrell Museum put out a call for proposals for a sculpture for a corridor in the Palaeozoic area of the museum. The purpose of the sculpture was to help visitors move through the exhibition spaces. Because of this our proposal was to make a piece that captured movement and in particular the movement of animals from a marine to terrestrial environment - a key event that happened in the Paleozoic period. We had done a project with the Tyrell a few years ago and loved the experience of collaborating with them. So, when they chose our submission I jumped around the kitchen for joy! One of our favourite things about making work for the Tyrell is that we get to learn from their experts, so we spent time in their collections, learning about the species at that time and got inspired by their forms and textures. Here are some drawings that served as source material for the sculpture.
I noticed a few years ago after our return from living in Australia how beautiful winter was. I think as artists who work with glass - a material that plays with light, winter is an inspiration, in particular the way ice and snow sparkle and transform the light around us. So when the Canoe Volant & Illuminart festival commissioned us to make a sculpture for their winter festivals our source of inspiration was the beauty of winter. In particular what we wanted to celebrate was how in winter your breath will sparkle and there are these crystals lighting up the most ordinary of things. What interests us artistically are those moments when we stop and see the beauty that surrounds us even the small and everyday.
So as a result our sculpture is titled “Winters Breath” - it will be on display at the Flying Canoe and Illuminart Festivals - here are there websites for more details : https://www.flyingcanoevolant.ca http://experienceilluminart.com
Here are some more images of our sculpture "Transect" which is located on Capital Boulevard, 108th St. in Edmonton. It seems since the piece was installed it has become very popular, it was featured on the front page of the Edmonton Journal, Galleries West and CTV news and the background for 1000's of selfies! Here is a link to the Edmonton Journal Article
The launch of the Capital Boulevard Public Art Project will take place at the Alberta Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre at 1:30pm on July 1st. Afterwards, we will be available at the sculpture site from 2:15 – 3pm. This past week we saw the completed metal structure for the first time and it was love at first sight! The metal fabricators at Carvel Creative did an outstanding job making the stainless steel structure. On its own the metal would have been beautiful but once we starting adding the glass the sculpture came to life. We are installing the piece next week and we will post photos on our of the completed work. Click here for a map to the Alberta Legislature Visitors Centre. Our sculpture is located at 9945 108st. NW Edmonton. We look forward to celebrating this event with you and feel free to forward this information to anyone who would be interested!
We have been working intensively the past six months to create a public art sculpture to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. The piece will be unveiled on July 1st and will be located near the Alberta Legislature. The concept behind the piece was recognize all that has changed in Alberta in the last 150 years. When we started research for this project we looked at historical images of the site where the sculpture will be located and realized that not that long ago the streets were mud and the vehicles horses and carts. Our piece is comprised of two stainless steel spheres built in a molecular pattern composed of circles and rods. Inside of each circle is glass that either has a historical image printed on the surface or the texture of animal tracks embossed in it. Our goal with the images was to give the viewer of a sense of what existed here before and all that has been built in such a short period of time. To celebrate all that has been created in this beautiful place. Below are some of the historical images we have sourced from the Provincial Archives and the Glenbow Museum for this project.
We were recently selected to create a public art sculpture to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. There were 50 Alberta artists shortlisted and our proposal along with that of 5 other artists was chosen. Our concept is to create a sculpture that develops an awareness of the space around it, to allow viewers to understand what existed in that space before and appreciate all that has been accomplished. The idea for this piece came from looking at historical images of Capital Boulevard (108th St) in Edmonton. It was astounding to realize that not that long ago the streets were made of mud and rutted with the tracks of horse drawn carriages. I think that in order to really celebrate this milestone, there needs to be an awareness of the transformation that has occurred. Our piece will be made of stainless steel and glass. The glass pieces will have historical images that capture the process of transformation fused onto their surface. We will be collaborating with several Calgary based companies to create this larger scale piece. This is an exciting artistic adventure that we are proud to be a part of. Check out this Edmonton journal article for more information on the project and the other artists chosen. http://edmontonjournal.com/storyline/paula-simons-five-new-sculptures-aim-to-animate-capital-boulevard-in-time-for-canadas-150th-birthday