Alberta Has A New $2 Million Public Art Installation And People Have All Kinds Of Feelings About It

The sculptures will be outside the New Central Library.
Alberta Has A New $2 Million Public Art Installation And People Have All Kinds Of Feelings About It

A brand new public art piece is coming to the city of Calgary and people have ~thoughts~ about it. Three bird structures will be outside the New Central Library in Calgary. 

The installation was first announced back in April and was set up outside the library this past Friday. The artwork is called TRIO and will consist of three bird-like art objects. People on Reddit are calling it the "drinking bird". 

Via Joe4942 | Reddit/Imgur

As per usual, people took to the Internet and Reddit to talk all about the new structure. Unsurprisingly, people had all kinds of opinions – many loved it but some were not for it. 

Reddit user Boudzab commented, "Did this really cost 2 million dollars or did I just eat the onion?" The post got dozens of points. There were also other similar comments to it. 

But some Calgarians welcomed the new art piece. Reddit user Cultivat_ed commented, "Cool stuff. I like the whimsical/fantastic Dr Seuss vibes. One out of three pieces of art that the New Library will receive for that price, iirc" and it got 78 points. Check out more of the high praise from Redditors! 

Via Screenshot | Reddit

Via Screenshot | Reddit

Via Screenshot | Reddit

The top comment, with currently 375 points, positively compared the new piece to the infamous blue ring art piece in Calgary, which cost $470,000. Reddit user Blackriot commented, "if this scientific art (drinking bird) will get kids interested about its thermodynamics operation and about careers in STEM to make Canada's technology and economy better, I'm all for it. It's at least magnitudes better than a blue ring". 

The blue ring was an art piece called Travelling Light that caused a lot of controversy and discussion in the city. But it's safe to say that many are already loving the new Trio artwork. 

People have already been posting pictures of the new art objects on Instagram. The installation of the pieces just started this past Friday, and it will take a few days for each of the three birds to be successfully installed.

This art installation cost $2 million dollars. This budget included all fees, expenses, and fabrication costs, delivery and installation associated with the piece. According to the CMLC, which is the lead developer of the NCL, each structure  "measures nine to 10 metres tall and moves like a pendulum to create a visual choreography around the library’s expansive outdoor plaza space". 

Michael Brown, president and CEO of CMLC, said in a press release that when they announced Christian Moeller as the selected artist, they "had a very positive response to his playful and colourful designs" And it's pretty clear so far that the reactions from Calgarians have been positive.  

The piece comes from artist Christian Moeller, who is from California. There will be two sculptures on the west side of the library and one on the east. Moeller will also be bringing his art installations not only outside of the library, but inside too. The building's architecture and design will have features of Moeller’s installations, such as an interior book wall with over 11,000 books and their spines will create the image of a fish.

The artist was chosen through a multi-staged selection process by the CMLC back in 2014. The CMLC said in a press release that Christian Moeller was selected "for his colourful and captivating concepts that bring a playfulness and delightful sense of arrival and wonder for all visitors to enjoy, especially children". 

The New Central Library in Calgary is set to reopen on November 1 of this year, under budget and on schedule. This will conclude a five-year construction project. 

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