$2 million going towards public art at the New Central Library

Apr 13 2018, 9:48 pm

Calgary’s New Central Library is nearing completion, and the creator in charge of the building’s public art installations has been announced.

International artist Christian Moeller will be creating two pieces of public art in and around the New Central Library, and he has been given a full $2 million in funding for the installations.

The outdoor sculpture – named “TRIO” – will be able to move in pendulum-like motions from its position in the library’s outdoor plaza spaces, according to a release from the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), the organization in charge of the library’s construction.

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A rendering of New Central Library’s TRIO installation (yycnewcentrallibrary.com)

The interior piece is called “FISH” and is a 10 ft. by 45 ft. wall of multicoloured books creating the image of a fish, and will be located on the library’s third floor.

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A rendering of New Central Library’s FISH installation (yycnewcentrallibrary.com)

“Christian’s art reflects the innovative nature of this project and compliments our vision to create an inspiring place,” said Bill Ptacek, CEO of the Calgary Public Library.

“Beyond their intrinsic artistic merit, his works will reinforce the identity of the New Central Library experience by bringing an enchanting and whimsical experience that will captivate the imagination of children and visitors of all ages.”

Moeller was chosen through a multi-stage selection process that narrowed the number of prospective artists from 239 down to 35, and then from 35 to five finalists.

In April of 2015, Moeller was chosen after showing the Volunteer Art Committee his proposal for the public artwork.

Installation of the piece will begin in August of this year, and the New Central Library is expected to be open to the public on November 1.

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