Janvier and Borrajo-Giner works of art
A fine welcome to the new Strathcona County Library
November 1, 2010
Mayor Linda Osinchuk, joined by the Honourable Iris Evans, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations and MLA for Sherwood Park, today unveiled two community art pieces that vibrantly add to welcome residents and visitors to the new Strathcona County Library, which opened today.
Alex Janvier has painted an art installation on the library balcony fronts. His paintings are full of culturally significant themes and history, sometimes recording the pristine beauty of Mother Earth. The colours chosen for this work best enrich the design and theme: Creating a Heart for our Community.
A professional artist for decades, Alex Janvier is the same artist who painted the mural on the spiral staircase in County Hall in 1975. Janvier is from Cold Lake First Nations in Alberta and the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Order of Canada. Most recently, he received the Alberta Order of Excellence in October 2010.
Artist Manola Borrajo-Giner has created an original glass wall to greet visitors at the top of the stairway in the library. This installation, designed to integrate art within the library’s new landscape, aims to evoke a strong sense of place inviting visitors to take a break and embrace a library full of fantasy and knowledge.
Entitled park – land – home, this glass wall is inspired by the prairie landscape of Strathcona County and recreates the Parkland Region of Alberta. Painted in an abstract and transcending approach, it gives joy and inspiration.
Strathcona County has invested in these two major art installations as part of its commitment to public art. These are the first of a number of public art installations that are envisioned to be in the Community Centre and Centre in the Park over time.
“Our goal was to create a welcoming environment for residents to gather together to learn, celebrate and enjoy a variety of cultural events and activities in the Community Centre,” says Mayor Linda Osinchuk. “These art commissions have been integrated into the architecture of the building to create an inviting and inspiring atmosphere for the Strathcona County community.”
On behalf of Strathcona County Council, Mayor Osinchuk congratulated and thanked Chair Muriel Abdurahman and the entire Library Board for their dedicated work to bring this outstanding new library to life.
The Strathcona County Library is located in the new Community Centre in Centre in the Park, which will officially open on December 5 with a festive community celebration from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Community Centre Information
Contact: Mayor Linda Osinchuk, 780-464-8000