New mural by Emily Chu comes to Millennium Place in February
Opening February 16, a new mural in Millennium Place celebrates diversity, Inclusion, and the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games.
Local artist Emily Chu’s bright and spirited mural animates the many values shared by Special Olympics Alberta and the County. In the mural, a frenzy of joyful athletes take part in a variety of activities, unified by the words, “empowerment”, “excellence”, “respect”, “diversity”, and “inclusion” — a reminder that sport and activity is for everyone!
About the artist
Emily Chu was born in Beijing and currently lives in Amiskwaciwâskahikan/Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton, Canada). Her illustrations have received awards from national and international illustration competitions such as 3x3 Contemporary Illustration Professional Show, American Illustration, and Applied Arts. She is also a recipient of the 2021 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award. Emily’s murals can be found throughout Edmonton.
February 17 - March 3, 2023
- Created by Lucion Media
- Toured by Wireframe Public Art Agency
- Sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Alberta
The world travelling public art experience, moonGARDEN, is set to land in Strathcona County for the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games!
Positioned outside the main entrance of Millennium Place, County residents and visitors can enjoy the compelling sound and light-filled installation for two weeks only.
- Friday, February 17, 2023 - Grand opening at 5 p.m.
- February 18 - March 3, 2023 - sunset to 11 p.m. daily
Since its debut at Montreal’s winter festival Luminothérapie in 2012, moonGARDEN has captivated more than one million viewers of all ages from nearly every continent. Its magnificent glowing spheres have dazzled cities all over the world, including Lyon (France), Medellin (Columbia), Jerusalem (Israel), Athens (Greece), Beijing (China), and several others.
Ranging from six to 15 feet in height, two of the five giant spheres hold a unique spectacle of shadow theatre amidst a dreamy soundscape and radiant light. The shadow puppets were specially designed for the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games to honour the commitment, perseverance, and achievement shared by Special Olympics athletes.
Like Special Olympics Alberta, inclusion is at the heart of moonGARDEN. Lucion founder and CEO, Bernard Duguay, draws a visual connection between moonGARDEN and set theory, which is a mathematical concept that uses circles to illustrate how different groups of numbers belong together. As a metaphor, set theory demonstrates that regardless of differences, there is room for everyone within a community.
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Established in 2014, Strathcona County's quickly growing public art program encompasses over 40 major public art commissions. Public art is integral to the County’s pursuit of a vibrant and healthy place to live, work and visit.
The County's art collection consists of hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and many other unique mediums. See these artworks installed in public spaces throughout the county, or browse the collection online.
Calls for artists
2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games
From February 24-26, Strathcona County is honoured to host the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games. Over 1,200 athletes, staff and volunteers from across the province will come together for a weekend of competitive sporting events and fun.
In connection with the Games, Strathcona County is seeking entries from local and regional artists/artisans to provide hand-made gift items for the purpose of recognizing the support of Games contributors.
Submission entry deadline: December 27, 2022 at 8 a.m.
Strathcona County is collecting information for this call to artists in accordance with s.33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and the information you provide will be used in the management and administration of this call for entries. If you have any questions about the collection or use of your information, please contact Jenny Willson, Community Liaison Officer – Culture either by telephone at 780-464-8058 or email at email@example.com.
Call for art selection jury members (ongoing)
Strathcona County invites artists, curators and other creative professionals (such as designers and architects) to submit qualifications. This roster forms an on-hand list of interested and qualified individuals who will assist the County in assessing proposals for public art projects.
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