Solar Flare now installed on Stephen Avenue Mall

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Two nights ago (on December 10th) I posted about Solar Flare and the installation process.  Once again tonight I walked past the Solar Flare installation and it is now fully installed and complete.

As suspected it is quite beautiful, especially in the night sky, as expected.

I have one criticism.

It is not about the work itself, nor is it about the location.  Rather my criticism is that the sculpture is suspended quite a bit above the roadway.  I understand the rationale for why it suspended where it is and I have no issue with it.  So in the grand scheme of things it is a very minor criticism.  It is placed probably about five or six metres above street level so that emergency vehicles can pass below without obstacle.

However, because of this, and from my observation in the few minutes I was there earlier tonight, most people who walk or drive under it will probably be completely oblivious and not even aware that it is there unless someone mentions it.  However, they should be aware as there are motion sensors attached to the sculpture which facilitate movement in the work itself.  Pay attention to this next time you see it.

This post is yet another public service to make a reminder to visit it.

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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.