Spine of light

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Spine

The west tower of Eighth Avenue Place might have the prettiest emergency exit stairwell in all of downtown Calgary! Snapped this image last week.

Holding things together

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Holding things together

Don’t be alarmed! Things look worse than they are, clearly. This very neat implementation of public art was spotted in London this past fall.

Doubly meta! Photographing the photographer, photographing the photographer

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Shooting the shooter, shooting the shooter

Here’s someone taking a photo of someone taking a photo. So naturally, I had to take a photo of them. Snapped on Stephen Avenue in Calgary a few nights ago.

Calgary’s James Short Park

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James Short

A splash of colour on the cupola of the old James Short School breathes a little visual life into this scene in downtown Calgary. Behind it is the Bow building on the left and a portion of the Suncor Energy Centre on the right.

Fancy footwork

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Public art in Phoenix, Arizona

This is some of the public art embedded in the ground at one of the light-rail stations in Phoenix, Arizona — a really neat way to make such project really accessible to the public.

More snapshots from Glow

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Prismatica

Here are a few more images captured in Calgary this weekend from Glow: Downtown Winter Light Festival. From top to bottom are Prismatica, Pulse Quasar, Overseers, Smile and Nibbles.

Pulse Quasar

Overseers

Just smile

More bunnies

Calgary’s glowing appreciation of public, modern art

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Glow, Calgary Downtown Winter Light Festival

Members of the public line up to view Light Shower, one of the exhibits mounted as part of Glow, Downtown Winter Light Festival, in Calgary on Feb. 20, 2017.

If you’d told me 10 years ago Calgarians would willingly line up more than half-an-hour to experience a shower of light, I wouldn’t have believed you — and I would have been wrong.

There I was, just one of hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of people who patiently queued up this past weekend to experience a piece of modern art called Light Shower, part of Glow: Downtown Winter Light Festival, an interactive, multi-disciplinary, multi-location display of modern art in Calgary.

You often hear complaints about public art being inaccessible, both figuratively and literally, but from what I witnessed this weekend, it can safely be said Glow was just the opposite. While not every piece was a smashing success, people seemed to keep an open mind about what they were seeing, based on fragments of conversations overheard as I wandered from installation to installation.

On top of it all, it was awesome to see so many people — including families with young children — out enjoying our downtown core well into the evening.

With hope, this event will make a comeback for many years to come … and given Glow’s apparent success, perhaps now’s the time to introduce more of such events, to breathe some life into Calgary central business district outside business hours.

Glow, Calgary Downtown Winter Light Festival

Tempe sandwich artists

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Sandwich artists

A well-known international chain of submarine sandwich shops calls its employees sandwich artists. But at this Tempe, Arizona, submarine shop, it’s the clients who are truly sandwich artists.

Soft rock

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Rock solid. Between a rock and a hard place. Hard as a rock. So many of expressions and clichés are built upon the durability of rocks.

And yet, wandering through the maze that makes up the Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, one can only be struck by how malleable rock truly is.

It was water that carved out the canyon. And with every summer rainstorm, it is water that continues to shape and reshape the place.

The result is visually stunning, of course — sunlight giving life to a wavy, rippling red-rock landscape reaching dozens of metres deep.

Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Melding of land and sky

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At the exit of Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

The clouds on this day mimic the gentle ripples of the rocks, at the exit of Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona.