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Rogers Place will feature four public artworks. Each piece invites the user to interact with it – whether that is standing in the shade under Essential Tree, posing for team photos on the steps in front of Skater’s Arch, seeing how Figures in Motion changes as you walk closer to it, or meeting with friends at the Iron Foot Giant before an event.

  • Alex Janvier’s “Iron Foot Place” mosaic set in the floor of Ford Hall
  • realties:united’s “Essential Tree” at the northwest corner of Rogers Place
  • Douglas Bentham’s “Skater’s Arch” at the northeast plaza outside the Downtown Community Arena
  • Al Henderson’s “Figures in Motion” inside the entrance of the Downtown Community Arena

Percent for Art

This artwork is being created through the City of Edmonton's Percent for Art policy, which dedicates 1% of qualifying construction costs to acquiring public art in City infrastructure.

The Edmonton Arts Council manages the selection process, acquisition and conservation of Edmonton's public art.

Alex Janvier – Iron Foot Place

Iron Foot Place by Alex Janvier

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

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.

realities:united – Essential Tree

Essential Tree by realities:united

“Essential Tree"

Essential Tree, designed by the Berlin based artist collective realities:united, is a large representation of the abstract trees used by architects in their design models.

The artwork explores the natural environment, while at the same time paying homage to the topiaries of the European Baroque era.

Placed in a planter on the north west plaza outside of Rogers Place, the sculpture interacts with the real Ash trees, which will be planted in the area. It will take 60 years for one of these trees to reach the scale of this 14.5 metre tall, faceted sculpture.

The Artist: realties:united

realities:united is the brainchild of brothers Jan and Tim Edle. The Berlin-based “studio for art and architecture” has gained international recognition for the initialization and realization of art and hybrid art installations at an architectural and urban scale.

Pieces by the brothers can be found both in private and museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as well as several public art collections all across the globe.

Their “Phantásien” installation for the Mill Woods Branch of Edmonton Public Library has just been completed.

Douglas Bentham – Skater’s Arch

Skater's Arch by Douglas Bentham

Skater’s Arch (North East Plaza)

This brightly coloured, circular sculpture achieves a dramatic pictorial presence. Its flowing, window-like form becomes a framing device capturing the dynamics of ice-skating. The push of the blade, as it cuts into the ice surface to propel the skater forward, is exemplified through a myriad of cutout shapes, which evoke the style of Henri Matisse, creating the sculpture’s dynamic form.

A stepped, podium-like plinth combined with the sculpture’s frame-like form create a welcoming symbol just outside of the Downtown Community Arena in the north east plaza – an artwork functioning as a place-maker identifying the facility and the activities therein. The setting encourages citizens and visitors to embrace it as a meeting place and to use it as a dramatic backdrop for photo opportunities.

The Artist: Douglas Bentham

Douglas Bentham, RCA, lives and works in a rural setting near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The recipient of numerous awards, Bentham graduated with a BA Advanced degree in painting from the University of Saskatchewan in 1969 and a MFA in sculpture in 1989. His sculptures can be seen in many settings across Canada.

Al Henderson – Figures in Motion

A detail image of Figures in Motion by Al Henderson

Figures in Motion

Figures in Motion, created by St. Albert-based artist Al Henderson, combines the disciplines of painting and sculpture to create an artwork that celebrates movement and motion. In creating the work, the artist thought about the rink and the activity that will animate it; “These places have a sense of community, are a little wild sometimes, a bit proud and a whole lot of fun.”

Bold, enticing, and free flowing, the work centres on a skater, and changes when viewed from many distances and angles by both pedway and rink users. The closer you get to the artwork, located inside the entrance of the Downtown Community Arena, details such as pucks, skates, gestures, and small figures reveal themselves.

The Artist: Al Henderson

Al Henderson was born and raised in Alberta and studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design. He has created a number of public commissions within Alberta and has consulted on public art at the provincial level. The recipient of project grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), Henderson’s works are included in the AFA Collection.

For More Information

Edmonton Arts Council

Prince of Wales Armouries, 2nd Floor           
10440 108 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5H 3Z9
Telephone 780-424-2787
Fax 780-425-7620
Email info@edmontonarts.ca
Website http://www.edmontonarts.ca/

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