Richard White, July 7, 2014
Today I had a few hours between meetings so I decided to flaneur Stampede Park looking for some fun, funky and quirky things. I was not disappointed. I quickly found lots of people climbing and milling about the massive bronze sculpture "By the banks of the Bow." I loved the fact that people were using the artwork like a playground.
I also found the children's midway rides bordered on public art and playgrounds with their bright colours, shapes and forms. It seemed their were historical murals everywhere I looked. Even in the animal barns I found the metal and wooden calf in the demo roping area to be sculptural.
Of course, the RoundUp Centre had been converted into a large gallery space, with strong traditional Western Art bent, but I also found some contemporary pieces, as well as some fascinating historical photos, a quilt show and some Stampede Queen fashions from the past 60 years.
The biggest surprise was wandering around the lobby of the Stampede Corral and finding old photos of hockey players, curling and figure skating. It was like a mini sports hall of fame.
Before I knew it my 2 hours were up and I had to rush off...but I will be back...I know there are more artworks and artifacts to be uncovered.