Art pieces unveiled for Calgary’s New Central Library
The sculptures of TRIO will be set up in the west and east outdoor plazas at the library. (Supplied/Calgary Municipal Land Corporation)
Visitors to Calgary’s newest building will have two new pieces of art to enjoy once the New Central Library opens later this year.
TRIO and FISH, both created by California artist Christian Moeller were chosen by a volunteer art committee made up of a community resident, an artist and representative from ACAD, a curator from the Glenbow Museum and representatives from the Calgary Public Library and Calgary Arts Development organization.
The pieces were selected from 35 entries from about 239 proposals from local, national and international artists that were gathered in 2014.
Moeller’s design, chosen in April 2015, was created with a $2M budget inclusive of all fees, expenses, fabrication costs, delivery and installation.
The first piece, called TRIO, is a three-piece sculpture set up on the library’s east and west outdoor plazas. Each sculpture is nine to 10 metres tall and is built to move like a pendulum using an electro-magnetic motor.
FISH, Moeller’s second piece, will be located inside the library on the third floor. It is described as a ‘book wall’ of nearly 11,000 books where the different coloured spines create the image of a goldfish in a fishbowl.
Installation of the works that are under budget and on schedule for the library’s grand opening on November 1 will take place over the summer.
For more information about the New Central Library, visit the official website.