Public Art Information

Location
230 8th Street, South
Lethbridge, AB
T1J 5H2, Canada
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Tuesday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
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Friday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
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Public Art Information

Casa was identified by the City of Lethbridge Public Art Committee as a priority site for the installation of public art because it is a major public cultural facility in a prime downtown location.  The facility provides opportunities for multiple public art projects and the public art selection committee identified three initial projects including an integrated Reception Desk.

 

Common-unity

George Heagle

Mr. Heagle’s design for the Casa reception desk is based on the Japanese notion of Wabi-Sabi – or something that becomes better or more beautiful with age. His design incorporates a series of wood bricks that transition from highly polished to rough carved and sandblasted surfaces that replicate the process of erosion. The selection committee appreciated the natural, tactile nature of the materials selected by Mr. Heagle and also felt the American white ash and white oak bricks were not only sensitive to the repeating  wood block element in the centre’s design but also provided a strong contrast to the glass and polished concrete surfaces in the centre.  The beautiful new desk was installed in Casa in November 2012.

Artist Statement

Communaitus (Latin) "the coming together with gift" was my intention from the on- set. Drawing together the art and craft culture community of Lethbridge with the community at large and under one building, I began by utilizing the floating structures slowly forming over the interpreted eroded landscape and melding together in solid foundations on the ends. A polarity joined together with one common vision. 

For me the desk façade has layered meanings: The beautiful erode area upon which Lethbridge was founded; the unification of craft, art, and community under one roof, where many future expressions will be engaged and diversely exchanged amongst the many participants; it is also demonstrative of the joining of the University of Lethbridge and the Community Arts center; and finally the creative potential finding its voice in time and space.

 

Mirrored Earth 

Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz 

The work Mirrored Earth was commissioned for the main foyer of Casa and incorporates approximately 600 wall mounted mirrors arranged to replicate the coulees.  The work is interactive with sensors that trigger some of the mirrors to turn and follow people passing through area.   The work was selected because of the strong visual impact and the constantly changing nature of the work. The reflective quality of the work and its capacity to respond to people as they pass by ensures that the viewer’s experience with the piece will change each time they see the work

Artist Statement

Mirrored Earth is an artwork activated by the movement of passers-by - the community becoming part of the artwork. It is an artwork about the surrounding landscape and the people who inhabit it, about the relationship between context and interpretation.

The nearby coulees are a magnificent and defining landmark of Lethbridge, the dry valleys holding the memory of glacial melt water, an implied, alternate landscape. This landscape is abstracted in Mirrored Earth.

stillness

Hundreds of mirrored, planar surfaces form a pixellated, sculptural landscape on the high wall. Set at various angles and distances from the wall they form an abstraction of the undulating landscape, capturing and refracting light, pattern, colour, abstracting the world around us, always shifting as the light changes, as people pass by, as you yourself move past the artwork.

motion

Scattered mirrors will react and move to the movement of passers-by. When there are a number of people the mirrors will react randomly, evoking - the glimmer of sun on water, a flutter of birds rising from the water, the shadow of drifting clouds upon the earth. Eventually, the mirrors focus on one person, sending a wave of motion rippling through the artwork - the way sunflowers follow the sun’s passage through the sky.

Mirrored Earth

The artwork alludes to ideas about perception, about ways of seeing. The artwork becomes one of shifting imagery that gathers into itself partially abstracted references to sky and the world beyond, to darkness and light, to stillness and motion.

 

Bit Portal

Marta Blicharz

The idea for Casa's Gate and Grill design came from glitch art, and how its broken digital images and pixilation paradoxically form both a curtain and a window onto our complex digital structures. The notion of a pixel, perceived as a square of color that forms a larger structure with a certian function and purpose, is what was used as a motif for the Gate and Grill. This motif was to relay the fact that Casa, as a place where mysteries of art and life intertwine, consists of many disciplines and spaces that become a community building hot spot. Located on the north side of the building.