Bowmont Park opens

8 years in the making, our largest pilot project for Watershed+ is now open to the public, following its dedication to Dale Hodges yesterday by Mayor Nenshi.
What was once a contaminated gravel pit in Calgary, Alberta, has now been remediated and transformed into a 40 hectare natural space, park, public art work and stormwater facility.

Artworks on this scale are the work of many passionate and dedicated people form conception to construction. Design collaborators: O2 Planning + Design, AECOM, Source2Source. Construction: Wilco Southwest.
We are indebted to Calgary Parks, Water Resources and Public art teams City of Calgary Arts and Culture for their the vision, generosity and relentless hard work and determination to provide this place for the people of Calgary.
We couldn’t be more excited to share it, if you’re planning a visit do get in touch (any excuse to get out there) We might even see the newly resident moose.

image courtesy of Wilco Southwest

image courtesy of Wilco Southwest

Iconic Site (#5) Toronto

Iconic Site (#5) will be installed until the 30th of November, as part of The Bentway’s Fall Art Exhibition If, But, What If?

Positioned atop a hill at The Bentway’s newly opened Strachan Gate, the work reflects equally on the changing nature of the surrounding communities and the ambitions of The Bentway project itself, which has transformed one of Toronto’s most significant landscapes into a new shared public space for the growing city. It is here that we recognize each signature city project is part of a larger continuum of change, remaking a site “iconic” time and time again.

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An Audience of One

Last week was the opening of An Audience of One for Urban Lights Ruhr. It will be on the Forumplatz in Marl until October 29th.

Thank you again to all the people made it possible, especially to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and all the generous people who shared their hands to record the clapping. 

UEP Phase II - Public Art Plan

This spring, Sans façon was selected to lead the development of the UEP Phase II public art plan for the City of Calgary with our multidisciplinary team; amery Calvelli, Hesse McGraw, Ciara McKeown, Josh Shelton, and Ben Spencer.

Phase II will provide a 10-year plan for the implementation of a diverse range of public art projects, events and experiences commissioned through the Utilities and Environmental Protection department (UEP), which encompasses Environmental & Safety Management, Waste and Recycling Services, and Water Resources and Water Services.

East Ninth: Lawrence

The City of Lawrence Commissioners has voted to officially receive our proposed plan for the redevelopment of East 9th Street, connecting Massachusetts Street to East Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District in Lawrence, Kansas.

For a detailed look at the plan please follow this link.


New performances of Walden

We're delighted that Walden is being performed at the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh next month.

On 4th July 1845, Henry David Thoreau walked into the woods near his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts and decided to stay. He found a spot next to a lake called Walden Pond and built a hut. For the next two years he attempted to live entirely by his own resources.
Walden, Thoreau’s account of his ‘experiment in simple living’, is one of the most extraordinary and unclassifiable books ever written. Magnetic North’s adaptation - a collaboration between director Nicholas Bone and Sans façon - is a beautiful, simple distillation of this classic meditation on self-sufficiency, the individual’s relationship with the environment and the desire to ‘live deliberately’.

The production is performed in an intimate, in-the-round setting: 12 benches made from American cedar join together to create an arena for the audience and actor, with just 40 audience members able to attend each performance.

Mon 30, Tue 31 May, Wed 1 June, 18.30 & 20.30

Picture by David Grinly

Picture by David Grinly

You Are Here / We Are Here

You Are Here, an installation of 1,000 helium-filled balloons, is currently up in Sheffield (UK).
Residents and visitors to the city over the next few days who take a balloon will leave a trace of
the city, unveiling the activity of the pubic realm.

We Are Here is a symposium we’ll be participating in, hosted by the University of Sheffield
School of Architecture and curator Jane Anderson. We’ll be exploring the role of
public art in the public realm along with the Office for Subversive Architecture and Leo Fitzmaurice among others.

Mayor's Urban Design Awards 2015

Last Thursday The City of Calgary held their bi-annual Mayor's Urban Design Awards, and Watershed+ is honoured to have received two awards.

Forest Lawn Lift Station in the 'Urban Fragments' category received an Honourable Mention. This category was described as "projects involving a single, small-scale piece of a building or landscape that contributes significantly to the quality of the public intervention that contributes to the enjoyment and appreciation of the urban environment".
Lost Spaces Ideas competition, in collaboration with dtalks, received the award for Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Projects. This category was for a plan, study, charette, etc, within Calgary that provides a strategy for urban transformation with a long-term vision.

We are excited to work with such an amazing team as part of Watershed+, and would like to recognize dtalks and the numerous departments within The City of Calgary who participated: Water Services, Parks, Transportation, Planning, Public Art.
Our partners for Forest Lawn Lift Station were Associated Engineers, Nemalux LED Lighting, Marshall Tittemore Architects, and contractors Maple Reinders Inc.

Hundreds visit a fairground in silence

Silent Fairground is a carousal and fairground attraction that was installed on an industrial site under redevelopment in Hagen, Germany. The temporary installation was commissioned as part of the 2015 Urbane Lights Ruhr.

See Silent Fairground in action here.

image courtesy of: Volker Hartmann / Urbane Künste Ruhr

image courtesy of: Volker Hartmann / Urbane Künste Ruhr

Fifteen installations light up Hagen in October

In collaboration with Urbane Künste Ruhr's Creative Director, Katja Aßmann, Sans façon co-curated this year's festival of light in Hagen, Germany.
International artists, along with ourselves, have been invited to show works using, and speaking to, our relationship with light in the industrial city of Hagen, located in the Ruhr District. Some of the other artists include: Taturo Atzu (formely known as Tatsu Nishi). A Kassen. Simon Faithfull, Janice Kernel, Anna Rispoli, Shiny Toys (Jan Ehlen).

The Urban Lights Festival runs October 9-25, 2015.
Read more here and here.

image via: Volker Hartmann / Urbane Künste Ruhr

image via: Volker Hartmann / Urbane Künste Ruhr