This Saturday night at dusk, 500 illuminated spheres will be launched by local volunteers along the Bow River, beginning at Edworthy Park downstream to Prince’s Island, emphasizing and celebrating the purity, flow and sanctity of the Bow River.
Travelling downstream to create a large-scale dynamic lighting installation, the spheres will float into the lagoon, joining a week-long spectacular light matrix that responds in colour, motion and light to environmental data collected from the Bow River.
Sources and the River of Light is a narrative lighting installation exploring the idiosyncratic nature of the Bow River in response to the subject of water. Vital information about the environment and the Bow’s make-up, flow and usage is communicated through the light patterns of the spheres, while people take a moment to pause and reflect on the Bow and the installation’s beauty created through light.
The project is part of this summer’s six-part Celebration of the Bow River project, presented by The City of Calgary Public Art Program and the Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Department. Six artists have created public art installations and events that draw people to the river, create remarkable experiences and present new perspectives on current environmental issues and ideas.
The inspiration for Celebration comes from the UEP Public Art Plan, founded on the principle that public art, in collaboration with other disciplines, can create remarkable places that encourage sustainability and stewardship of the environment.
The artist of this installation is U.K-based Creatmosphere, founded by artist Laurent Louder. They use geographic, geological and environmental observation, public participation and technology to achieve a spectacular and memorable experience on the Bow River.