The largest piece will be a spectacular 14-meter diameter circular mosaic set in the floor of the Winter Garden for Rogers Place.
World-renowned Aboriginal artist, Alex Janvier, created this artwork. Mr. Janvier has deep roots in Edmonton, and his work not only ties the Winter Garden to the local art community, but also makes Rogers Place a unique reflection of our history and culture.
This piece honours the land area where Edmonton is located, highlighting the colours of beautiful sky, the stories of the area, and clear waters from far away mountains.
It illustrates Edmonton's history and continuing legacy as a meeting place: "All roads lead to the area, Edmonton, as it is a central destiny for all who came before, and who came after."
The Artist: Alex Janvier
Alex Janvier was born in 1935 and is of Dene sųłı̨né and Saulteaux descent. He is a Residential School Survivor (Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, Alberta).
Mr. Janvier is one of Canada's most significant, pioneering Aboriginal artists. As a founding member of the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated (PNIAI) – the so-called "Indian Group of Seven" he was key in challenging perceptions of Aboriginal art.