Ascension

Project Name: Ascension
Location: Poetic Park Plaza. Calgary Alberta, Canada
Completion Year: 2012
Landscape Design: The City of Calgary- Parks
Photography: Evan Buhler
Commissioned by: The City of Calgary – Parks
Stakeholders: Avatamsaka Buddhist Monastery, Calgary Catholic Board of Education.


The Poetic Park Plaza is a small park in Downtown Calgary. It is an urban Oasis in the middle of the city where two insects make their way to the top of an Alberta landscape. Aware only of their ascension, they walk in a straight line- one behind the other toward the summit. Around them the city is in constant movement- trains and cars come and go. They are a constant presence in a habitat that changes with every pulse of the city.
Each insect consists of three sections which assemble like a tripod in order to form the sculpture. Once installed on the site, the physical composition of each insect is determined by the terrain and the objects it encounters on its way. The more varied the terrain- the more alive and harmonious the insect becomes. The inversion of scale in Poetic Park echoes some of the principles of the neighbouring Buddhist Monastery. The ascension of these insects and the way they interact with their environment creates a moment; it speaks about the value of life at every level, in every instant. This notion can be experienced from within the plaza, from a distance and from the neighbouring high- rise buildings.