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Alberta artist Alex Janvier to create public art for Edmonton’s downtown arena

WATCH ABOVE: The first new art piece for the downtown arena has been revealed. As Vinesh Pratap reports, a world-renowned Canadian artist is behind it.

EDMONTON — Albertan Alex Janvier is the first artist to be commissioned to create a piece of public art for the downtown arena district. Janvier will translate his painting, Tsa tsa ke k’e (Iron Foot Place) into a 150 M2 tile mosaic to be inset in the Winter Garden floor.

The aboriginal muralist was selected from a list of Canadian and international artists to create the large piece.  The total commission is $700,000 and is one of the largest to date in Edmonton. The mosaic will be one of four major public art pieces in the arena.

A City of Edmonton policy requires that one per cent of the construction budget be put towards public art for municipal projects. In the case of the arena district, $1.6 million was set aside for art.

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Here’s how the art spending breaks down: $100,000 to a local artist for an interior sculpture, $300,000 for a national art piece, and $500,000 for international work. The national art piece and international work will be outdoors. The remaining $700,000 will go to Janvier’s piece in the Winter Garden.

Allocating one per cent of the construction budget to public art is a common practice across North America.  The artwork is usually selected through a juried process coordinated by the Edmonton Arts Council, according to its “artist’s guide to public art.”

Selection committees are usually made up of City of Edmonton personnel, the project design team, artists and community representatives.  Public art projects can be found across Edmonton, including at rec centres, transit hubs and around road projects.

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Gallery: Public art projects across Edmonton

"Willow" by Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY (2014).  Located in Borden Park.
"Willow" by Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY (2014). Located in Borden Park. DCM Photography
"Immense Mode" by Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur (2009). Located at the Southgate LRT Centre.
"Immense Mode" by Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur (2009). Located at the Southgate LRT Centre. R. Loro
"Running Track" by Inges Idee (2010). Located outside the  Terwillegar Recreation Centre.
"Running Track" by Inges Idee (2010). Located outside the Terwillegar Recreation Centre. R. Loro
"Henri" by Craig LeBlanc
(2011). Located inside the Terwillegar Recreation Centre.
"Henri" by Craig LeBlanc (2011). Located inside the Terwillegar Recreation Centre. R. Loro
"Talus Dome" by Ball-Nogues Studio. (2012) Located by the Quesnell Bridge (Whitemud Drive).
"Talus Dome" by Ball-Nogues Studio. (2012) Located by the Quesnell Bridge (Whitemud Drive). Laughing Dog Photography
Soleil de Nuit (2-part artwork)
Laurent Grasso
2013
Commonwealth Stadium & Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre.
Soleil de Nuit (2-part artwork) Laurent Grasso 2013 Commonwealth Stadium & Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre. Laughing Dog Photography
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Soleil de Nuit (2-part artwork) by 
Laurent Grasso
(2013). Located at  Commonwealth Stadium & Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre.
Soleil de Nuit (2-part artwork) by Laurent Grasso (2013). Located at Commonwealth Stadium & Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre. Laughing Dog Photography
"Have a Nice Day"
Chelsea Boida & Mark Feddes (2013).
Located at the Northgate Transit Centre.
"Have a Nice Day" Chelsea Boida & Mark Feddes (2013). Located at the Northgate Transit Centre. Laughing Dog Photography
"Random Thoughts Passing Scene: by Jesse Sherburne (2009). Located at the ETS Centennial Garage.
"Random Thoughts Passing Scene: by Jesse Sherburne (2009). Located at the ETS Centennial Garage. R. Loro
"Towncar" by Tania Garner Tomas (2007). Located at the Westmount Transit Centre.
"Towncar" by Tania Garner Tomas (2007). Located at the Westmount Transit Centre.
"Continuum" by Cezary and Danielle Gajewski
(2009). Located inside the Century Park LRT station.
"Continuum" by Cezary and Danielle Gajewski (2009). Located inside the Century Park LRT station.
"Ecostation" by Brandon Blommaert
(2009). Located at the  Ambleside Ecostation.
"Ecostation" by Brandon Blommaert (2009). Located at the Ambleside Ecostation. R. Loro
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"Leger/Regel" BY C.Wells
(2009). Located at the Leger Transit Centre.
"Leger/Regel" BY C.Wells (2009). Located at the Leger Transit Centre. R. Loro
"Muttart" by Mia Weinberg (2009). Located at the Muttart Conservatory.
"Muttart" by Mia Weinberg (2009). Located at the Muttart Conservatory. R. Loro
"Flux" by Robbin Deyo
(2008). Located inside the Peter Hemmingway Pool.
"Flux" by Robbin Deyo (2008). Located inside the Peter Hemmingway Pool. R. Loro
"Overflow" by Brandon McGillicuddy
(2009). Located at the Callingwood Recreation Centre.
"Overflow" by Brandon McGillicuddy (2009). Located at the Callingwood Recreation Centre. R. Loro