Bankers Court Development Art Commissions
Client: Brookfield Properties and GWL Realty Advisors
Location: Calgary, AB
Project Architect: Cohos Evamy
Selected Artists: Beverly Pepper, Bryan Ryley
“One primary design goal was to create an inviting community space, drawing visitors to the building through the strategic placement of art. Modern sculptor Beverley Pepper’s 18’ steel figure, Nuova Twist, accentuates the entrance and Canadian artist Bryan Ryley’s vibrant abstract paintings engage viewers both within and outside of the building.” —client statement
Via worked with Brookfield Properties, GWL Realty Advisors, and Cohos Evamy Architects to manage the commissioning of two new works of art for Bankers Court Development, an addition to the Bankers Hall complex of office space in downtown Calgary, Alberta. Via developed a public art project plan that was reviewed by the City of Calgary Public Art Program and adopted by the client, organized and facilitated a selection jury, and invited artists to submit qualifications for review. Invited artists included internationally-known sculptors and locally-represented painters, in an effort to exhibit a broad range of talent and style. The process resulted in the selection of the renowned sculptor Beverly Pepper, who created a new corten sculpture, Nuova Twist for the front entry, and Bryan Ryley of Vernon, British Columbia, who created two 8’6” x 12’10” abstract paintings for the entry arcade. Together, these works, installed in 2009, speak to the developer’s commitment to the arts and support of Calgary’s cultural goals.
The building was awarded a prestigious 2009 Urban Architecture Award at the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards Gala with the public art being cited as one of the distinctive features of the development.