Calgary Archives

Calgary Archives

Project Name: Calgary Archives

Location: Calgary AB, Canada
Completion Year: 2012
Landscape Design: Natural Environment
Photography: Evan Buhler
Client: Ken Waddell

A bronze circuit of working men- piled one on top of the other, stands erect among electrical towers and cables, in an industrial area of the city. These stoic men of steel hold boxes in their hands – synchronized to perfection like machines; like chains in movement, they are an automatic dance of duty and performance.

Every city, every area within a city responds to a particular morphology. An industrial area offers many visual elements and textures that create a fascinating environment for a sculpture. The vastness of this setting with its tall electrical towers and cables inspired us to work with the same linearity and create a sculpture that is reaching for the sky. The Calgary Archives Sculpture celebrates the entrails of its day-to-day activities; it celebrates the excellence of its workers. This project speaks about the poetics of a city; the aesthetics of a city- where cold and desolate environments become vital spaces; where geometrical shapes of metal and concrete unite into a dynamic scenario of raw beauty.


I want to let you know how delighted we are with the bronze work you created for the front of the Records Centre. We view it each time we come and go, and each time it seems to reinforce that we made the right decision in engaging you for this project.

Not only did the sculpture come on time, it also came in on budget.

~President, Calgary Archives Inc.