Public artwork selected for Border Paving Athletic Centre

Public artwork selected for Border Paving Athletic Centre

Sculpture and murals will add beauty to exterior and interior of facility

A sculpture capturing the movement of sport and two murals that embody the community of Spruce Grove and value of athleticism have been selected as the public artwork for the Border Paving Athletic Centre.

Created by Edmonton artist Tanya Klimp, the murals will be located inside the centre, while the large-scale spruce tree sculpture by Spanish artist Casto Solano will be positioned outside the front doors of the facility.

"We are extremely excited to be incorporating pieces from a local artist and an international sculptor in the Border Paving Athletic Centre," said Brent Oliver, Director of Cultural Services. "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring art to the public in a meaningful and accessible way."

Earlier this year the City sent out a request for proposals for public artwork for the centre and received 15 submissions. A jury of architects, City administration, building clients and the Allied Arts Council judged the proposals and selected the artwork.

Solano's sculpture, called Tree of the Golden Ratio, will be crafted with steel tubes and gently illuminate the night, creating a warm and welcoming piece.

"If life is movement, then sport is life," states Solano in his submission, and the golden ratio of earth, wind, fire, water and hope is the equation of life.

Klimp, who is with the small artist collective Black Artifex, will be creating two murals on interior walls of the centre. The larger mural will pay homage to the city's name and depicts a grove of trees, while also highlighting five concepts of wellness: activity, inclusivity, connectivity, support and growth.

The smaller mural will focus on the athleticism of the Aerials Gymnastics, who will be based out of the athletic centre. Both murals are composed of silhouetted figures in various states of "joyous motion," states Klimp.

"These two pieces of artwork will have a tremendous impact on the athletic centre," said Oliver. "Not only will they provide the facility with great exposure both locally and internationally, but they will add a beauty to the centre that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years to come."

Boarding Paving Athletic Centre sculpture by Casto Solano
International sculptor Casto Solano’s piece Tree of the Golden Ratio will be located outside the front doors of the Border Paving Athletic Centre.
Boarding Paving Athletic Centre mural by Tanya Klimp
Edmonton artist Tanya Klimp will be creating two murals for the interior of the Border Paving Athletic Centre.