Urban Fragments

Talus Dome

  • Artist: Ball-Nogues Studio 
  • Project Coordinator: Edmonton Arts Council 
  • Project Owner: City of Edmonton Public Art Collection 

Location: Quesnell Bridge and Fox Drive

Project Description

Before the Quesnell Bridge was constructed, talus forms of earth occurred naturally along the river valley. The artwork reminds us of the landscape that has been altered by the bridge, a rigid, controlled construction that meets our need to traverse the obstacle of the river. It refers to the coexistence of the man-made and the natural.

Placed beside the renovated bridge, Talus Dome is both a sculpture in the landscape and a mirror to the landscape. Composed of nearly 1,000 handcrafted stainless steel spheres forming an abstract talus shape, the sculpture reflects the sky, weather and the river of cars that pass by it.

The marine grade 316L mirror polished stainless steel used is among the highest-grade stainless steel available for architectural scaled applications. It will remain ageless through the cycle of seasons and over many years.

At the same time, the surface of Talus Dome will take on different colours with the changing seasons and hours of the day. Its visual quality is not static, and therefore creates a balance between its permanence, and its changeable appearance that suggests the mutability of nature.

The sculpture is located at a major junction of the city’s river valley trail system, and is accessible to a wide range of people — walkers, runners, bikers, skiers, inline skaters. While visible from the road, the best way to experience Talus Dome is from the adjacent trail.

Juror Comments

  • This project is a great contribution to civic art collection.        
  • The artwork connects art and infrastructure, making a special place.         
  • Achieves its ambition of being a nice artwork in the landscape     
  • This project should inspire Edmonton to do more land art.    
  • Art should make people talk and debate. 
  • Wish it was bigger!  
  • This artwork demonstrates the merit of investing money to public and private programs on projects that make our city livable