Stephen Avenue Walk beautification

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One of the things I like a lot is how the city beautifies Stephen Avenue Mall and other select other areas around the city.  A couple nights ago I was leaving the Performing Arts Centre and saw this which has been out there since before the snow fell.

It is little touches like this that makes the city beautiful.

Reading that statement I just wrote makes me wonder if this would meet with Thomas Mawson’s plans for the city from long, long ago.

Expect to see a new light installation on the Stephen Avenue Walk that was planned to be up and installed last night, just outside of the Art Gallery of Calgary.  This should be an interesting light installation entitled Solar Flare which I will plan to write about when fully installed, once the extreme cold weather warms up sometime during the next week.

MOCA’s grand reopening

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The grand re-opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art – Calgary is happening tonight.  It should start in about a half hour.

A lot has happened at MOCA Calgary this summer.  We had the flood.  City Hall was affected by the flooding, but MOCA amazingly even though it is connected to the building was not as it has a separate basement that is not connected to the rest of the building.  It was close.  The water only needed to raise by an inch and it also would have been affected.

The inside of the gallery has been completely refurbished with more space to hang more work.

Mercury Opera ( will be presenting Autumn Masquerade in the municipal plaza, just outside the main doors of MOCA.  It is presented in cooperation with Downtown Calgary.

Jeffrey Spalding who curated the Glenbow Museum’s 80s iteration of the decade by decade look at the art history of Calgary which opened last week (, continues at MOCA (  Watch for some more interesting work from the 1980s tonight.  So if attending the Glenbow, make sure that visit also includes a visit to MOCA during the next month.  They are located a block away from each other.