Project Updates

The Connecting Histories artwork consists of 5 sculptures installed on Calgary Park’s land and an interactive web page with an augmented reality component activated at site locations. 

The first stage included a series of community events, such as a community walk to select sites with the participating members, a workshop to select relevant and important stories and visual records of Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood history and a drawing workshop where seniors and youth came together to share their stories of life in the community. Based on the collected information the sculptures were created and the virtual reality component of the artwork is being developed to be completed in June 2020. 

Since September 2019, during the second stage, five cast sculptures were installed on five sites selected by the community. See the map for details. Currently, the George Moss Park sculpture is missing and there is a process underway to replace the missing sculpture. Following this incident, a change in the 5th sculpture location is being considered. 

Cast Sculptures 

The five sculptures have an equivalent shape, size, volume, and material with linear dimensions 60 cm (height) x 50 cm x 55 cm. The form of the sculpture consists of references to community landscape and history identified as significant during interaction with community members. Based on the references the community identified in the three workshops, the sculptures’ forms consist of a trout head, bison mouth, a wagon wheel, and a locomotive wheel partially overlaid with a low map relief. Also, the top wheel shape is engraved with a web page address https://ogden.fun to follow for AR experience. 

Installed sculpture at Site 2, near Lysander Dr SE and Bow River Pathway

These forms combine into a visual metaphor of the Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood history, where the local trout and bison refer to the wilderness the new settlers discovered at the beginnings of the Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood development. Older community members reminisced of fishing and pastures abundant in the area in the 1950s. Stacking over the wildlife forms, a wagon wheel, and a locomotive wheel metaphorically build the community over the foundation of the local landscape. Specifically, the participating members mentioned the impact of the locomotive shops shaped the development of the Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood architecture, people’s family ties, and community relationships. And the wagon wheel reminds us that the beginnings of community development required tremendous effort and labor of the Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood people in the times when construction underwent with the help of horses and buggies (further described in the Ogden Whistle book). Lastly, topping the locomotive wheel, a community map identifies the etched locations of the five sites to direct the visitors to each location, and the website address on the edges of the wheel leads the visitors to the interactive augmented reality experience accessible on a mobile device with Internet access.

With these sculptures installed, the work on the interactive website is underway. It will showcase the places and people identified by the community members as vital parts of the Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood history. Viewing of the virtual historical scenes will activate on the location of each site closest to the historical location (identified with the help of locals based on their memory and archived information). For example, the historical 3D model of Wilson home will be discoverable at the grassy triangle of 66 Ave SE and Bow River Pathway. The work will be available for public viewing during the park’s operating hours. 

Character Creation Workshop with Seniors and Youth calling all Ogden seniors youth and kids (12+)!

We are connecting seniors and youth in a free creative character life drawing workshop as part of a community art project in Ogden, Calgary

WHEN: February 16, 10 AM – 12 PM

WHERE: Ogden 50+ Centre, 2102 69 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Spaces are limited – please register via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/character-creation-with-seniors-and-youth-ogden-history-community-artwork-tickets-55557764770 or https://bit.ly/2S0B3Z5)

About this Event

This is a hands-on free art workshop where Ogden residents will build community relationships and learn about their neighbours by participating in character design and drawing activity for an augmented reality artwork. Each senior will partner up with the youth and together they will express their community histories through their character drawing imagination. Seniors will become a live model for artwork and share personal history in the Ogden community with the youth. All will learn character design for virtual reality and gaming and have your artwork take part in an augmented reality public art coming to the Ogden community in 2019.

Participants will receive a personal 3D print of their creation at the final public art reveal and celebration.

This community public art project is part of the City of Calgary This is my neighborhood program in conjunction with the Artists Working in Community Program.

Community Gathering and Mapping Event

As this public art project is developing and the community’s voice is getting integrated int the artwork, I am inviting all Ogden/Millican members to share their community stories over a hot fall coffee on November 3rd at Ogden Hall (MOCA), 2-4 PM.

In the first 1/2 hour I will give an overview of the project, provide updates on its development, and reply to any questions specific to this public art community engagement project. And in the second half of our session the participants will have an opportunity to share their community stories, particularly the personal stories of families and people who impacted the life and development of Millican/Ogden. I will be taking notes summarizing these histories to influence the content of the final artwork. Participants will have the opportunity to share an interesting fact or an important aspect of their personal history to be mapped in relation to the five artwork installation sites. Also, participants are welcome to bring their family relics and photographs to show to our group and for visual documentation (I will take photographs of these items upon oral consent).

Coffee and snacks will be served during this informal session. Please RSVP at the Facebook event so we get plenty of food for everyone in this session: https://www.facebook.com/events/2151657398202502/

 

About the Artist

Oksana Kryzhanivska is an interdisciplinary artist, who combines digital technologies with sculpting and painting art media. Oksana holds an MFA in Sculpture and a PhD in Computational Media and Design from the University of Calgary. Her art practice intersects fields of art, design, and computer science and resulted in a number of interactive international and local exhibitions in Australia, USA, and Canada. Aside from being a practicing artist, Oksana teaches creative workshops and interdisciplinary media courses promoting visual art in Calgary communities.

Further information about Oksana can be found at http://oksanak.com/

About the Project

I am excited about this community public art project after the jury selected my Connecting Histories proposal for the public art installed in the Millican/Ogden community, Calgary, Alberta. This artwork aims to have a deeper look at the rich history of this community and connect the historical places, public history, private stories to its current residents and the city.

This public artwork will take the initiative to map places of historic and personal importance in the Augmented Reality format. This artwork will combine small sculptural landmarks located in park areas and location-specific virtual artwork inspired and contributed by Millican/Ogden residents and their histories in the community.

We started to research these topics with the first community walks in September. The participating community members proposed a list of  meaningful locations in public park areas of which 5 will be selected based on accessibility, logistics and engineering requirements. An updated and finalized map will be revealed in our following meetup on November 3rd at MOCA Hall, 2:30 PM.

— Oksana Kryzhanivska