Bear Street Public Art
Artist selected for Bear Street project
The Banff Community Art Committee is excited to announce the selection of Tiffany Shaw for the Bear Street public art project. The interdisciplinary artist based in Alberta will take the next few months to work with a professional curator hired by the committee before creating the work for installation expected in the fall of 2023.
Tiffany Shaw, the artist awarded the Bear Street public art commission, has been spending time in Banff and the surrounding areas, researching the specifics of place: natural ecosystems and the character of the Rocky Mountains. Shaw is interested in the life cycles of water in relation to glaciers, how they form and shape the alpine terrain and how these systems are inextricably linked.
The artist has focused particularly on glaciers, as an embodiment of time; how glaciation has shaped the mountains and landscape, and how glaciers express entropy, the transformation from one state to another. The Athabasca Glacier is one of the defining aspects of Jasper National Park and is intertwined and integral to the ecosystems in Banff. Tiffany asks what is the glacier’s character? What is it telling us; what does it want, and how does it express its character?
In early summer, Shaw and the project team were taken on a guided walk of the Athabasca Glacier, with Zucmin Guiding, an Indigenous Tour company, and Ice Walks. Tim from Zucmin Guiding shared stories of ancestors and the ways in which time and experiences of generations are captured in the land and the waters of the glacier.
The guides talked about the ways the glaciers’ form changes over time and the natural processes by which they are shaped; the way the glacier captures histories and stories of peoples in this area.
Shaw is finalizing her concept this fall, working through fabrication this winter, with installation expected by summer 2024.