A neat sculpture doubling as a door stop outside a Calgary book store.
A rodeo event that’s definitely set in stone! The sculpture called Eight Seconds to Glory by Shane R.L. Sutherland, along 3rd Street S.W. in downtown Calgary, depicts a bull rider hanging onto his animal. (It looks as if he’ll lose his cowboy hat, however.)
It’s always a neat challenge to capture this piece of art in a new way. “Conversation” by William McElcheran, on the Stephen Avenue Mall just outside the Hudson’s Bay department store, is seen from behind the shoulder of one of the interlocutors. The image was captured the morning after snow blanketed the city of Calgary a few days ago.
Van Gogh Observes, a sculpture by the late Canadian artist Joe Fafard, is installed outside an art gallery along 4th Street S.W. in Calgary.
From afar, the shadows in the work struck me as being a little odd, so I walked up to it for a closer look. Imagine my surprise when I figured out what was going on!
One of the lion sculptures that originally adorned Calgary’s Centre Street Bridge was recently restored and relocated to nearby Rotary Park. Here it is in all its glory, as seen last weekend.
You can find another of these restored lions at the front entrance of the Calgary Municipal Building, the name of the modern portion of the city hall complex.
There are still lions on the Centre Street Bridge today, but they are replicas installed in the early 2000s.
From what I’ve read in the past, it appears all these lions are themselves scale models of the lions at Trafalgar Square in London.