Calgary City Council can’t get it right when it comes to public art. Having wasted millions on sewage makeovers, art that nobody will see and art that became a safety hazard, now we have the $500K Bowfort Towers.
This “gateway” to Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway was approved by a City board and is a source of the latest meltdown with criticism coming from all sides of the spectrum.
That’s because in addition to being a complete waste of taxpayer money at a time when Calgarians can least afford it, indigenous groups are also displeased with the new artwork.
Watch as I explain how the costly artwork has become controversial for reasons other than just money.
There is a solution to all of this of course, and that’s getting rid of the 1% public art budget, or at the very least freezing it.
This issue has been brought up in council meetings before but never acted on.
Even Nenshi has admitted some of this public art is awful, but do you think this will finally prompt them to follow through with some much needed policy changes or will it be the same old, same old at Calgary City Hall?