The beauty of Muttart Conservatory extends from the plant life through to permanent and temporary art exhibits or installations. Visitors can take a moment to enjoy works of art from local artists throughout the year. Stop in and see what masterpieces are on display.
My intent with this installation is to instill a feeling of fantasy and wonder from the viewer's perspective. Bold use of colours and the whimsical nature of the forms could suggest something of this world on a microscopic level or simply something out of this world which could only be realized in one’s dreams. - Keith Walker
For more information on Keith Walker and his artwork, please visit his website Keith Walker Glass.
Public Art Pieces
The Muttart Conservatory is the proud home for two permanent pieces from the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection. These pieces add vibrancy to the facility and can be enjoyed by visitors from near and far.
The City of Edmonton Public Art Collection is a collection of artwork the City has acquired in various ways: some may have commemorated a special event and some may have been gifts to the City. Much of the artwork acquired in recent years has been generated by the City’s Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas Policy. For more information, please visit the Edmonton Art Council website.
Circle of Life
Mural by Alex Janvier
The mural that surrounds the Centre Court area of the Muttart Conservatory, completed in 1976, was painted by the well-known Alberta Chipewyan artist, Alex Janvier. Janvier completed his formal fine arts training at the Alberta College of Arts in Calgary in 1960. He first gained international recognition when he was commissioned to paint a nine foot mural for the Native Indian Pavilion at Expo ’67 in Montreal. Janvier’s works are at once a departure from the traditional and a return to Aboriginal culture. He paints in an abstract and highly symbolic style that shows the traditions of his culture.
During facility renovations in 2008/2009, the front entry of Muttart Conservatory was updated and modified. Mia Weinberg was commissioned to create a black granite pyramid to mark the occasion. This piece can be found just outside of the main gates to the Conservatory and continues to draw guests to the beauty inside the glass pyramids.