New public art installation opens on Calgary's St. Patrick’s Island

Jul 31 2020, 12:49 pm

A new temporary art installation is covering the hill on St. Patrick’s Island.

Dubbed #STAYBRIGHT, the work covers The Rise, a nine metre hill located in St. Patrick’s Island’s newly renovated park.

PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture) and Brightside, a banking app for Albertans, has teamed up with local artistic duo Nasarimba to create the work.

Brendan Klem

A massive collection of colour and shapes laid over the park grounds, the circle patches give parkgoers the chance to hang out in the installation while meeting the city’s health requirements of distancing.

“We’re thrilled to launch #STAYBRIGHT at St. Patrick’s Island with Brightside,” Kara Chomistek, PARK president, said in a release. “This installation allows people to enjoy the outdoors and public art while engaging in safe, physically-distanced activities.”

Made by Mikhail Miller and Rachel Ziriada, the artists who make up Nasarimba, the bold and colourful large-scale interactive installation overlooks some of the best views of the city.

“We are excited to produce #STAYBRIGHT, a large ephemeral public mural and accompanying sculpture. It is important and significant that we are safely brought together through the celebration of art and life during these strange times,” Miller and Ziriada said.

The location was also selected to complement the existing #VIBRANCEYYC, artwork designed to enable organized group programming such as fitness classes on the hardscaped surface at Confluence Plaza.

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