In collaboration with Joanne MacDonald, the Public Art Board and The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA). This public artwork that works with the organization and the local neighborhood. The project was selected as the winning project for the 2015 Artists Working in Community professional development series funded by The City of Calgary. The project was intended to create an inclusive environment that helps bring awareness to the work done at the CPAA, and the lives of those affected by Cerebral Palsy.
The public artwork we are building is titled Marquee, and proposes the creation of an exterior gathering space on the front lawn area of the CPAA building. It will be a 16-foot circular deck made out of wood where the members can assemble for activities and future programming like gardening, art workshops, music and other kinaesthetic exercises. The deck has a pathway and ramp access for wheelchairs. It also has a floating bench for seating that will be supported by 4-inch steel pipes. The steel pipes incorporated will contain plants that attract butterflies, which is a symbol of the CPAA.
The space will feature a large Marquee that will allow members to communicate with their peers and the outside community through messages spelled out in movable letters. The changeable Marquee serves as a platform for the CPAA clients to share thoughts, feelings, messages, jokes, and facts about living with Cerebral Palsy, thereby engaging and educating the community at large.