World-renowned artist Beverly Pepper has been commissioned to integrate public art into the constructed landscape within the new Ralph Klein Environmental Education Centre and Legacy Park (formerly Shepard Wetlands Legacy Park).The public art will support the Legacy Park's vision and mission, which includes promoting awareness of environmental issues and sustainable behavior, and will contribute to the park's 'outdoor classroom' objective. The artwork will grow from the design of the park, be integral to its forms, and will articulate the inter-relationships between various aspects of the constructed wetland, the park and the environmental education centre.
Constructed of soil, sod, ecologically compatible grasses and core-ten steel for the sculptures, Pepper aims to create a "place" whose "physical image and presence will attract the general public, as well as those who are [already involved] in the arts... [She] will strive to create a timeless physical presence - to make works that seem to exist outside of historical time and regardless of a person's specific knowledge of art, one will be moved by the sheer visual and physical force of the work."
Inspired by watching a pair of hawks circle and spiral against the vast dome of the sky during her site visit, the piece has the working title of Hawk Hill (Collina Falco). Begun in 2008, this project is slated for completion by July 2010.
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