Throughout 2009/10 we lead an interdisciplinary team - architect Yan Olivares of
Yes Architectes, artist
Matt Baker, water engineer Bert van Duin,
graphic designer Emlyn Firth
and human geographer
- to research the relationship between the Calgarians and their watershed, their understanding of its built and natural systems
and their impact upon it.
The result of this work is WATERSHED+.
As part of the Utilities and Environment Protection Public Art Plan, WATERSHED+ proposes a long term plan to build an emotional connection between Calgary's citizens and their watershed by placing creativity at the heart of projects and initiatives related to Calgary's watershed.
Since September 2011, we are the Lead artists to implement the Pilot Period of WATERSHED+ for 18 months.
A website for WATERSHED+ is now live: watershedplus.ca
A visual blog presenting images and projects related to the programme is online: watershedplus.tumblr.com
Here are some extracts of the WATERSHED+ Manual, a publication forming the basis for the programme :
-Context (LINK IN DEVELOPMENT)
For more information on WATERSHED+ including to make a request for a publication please contact us directly.
You can access the manual on the Calgary Public Art website here
Watershed+ was formally known and commissioned as the Visual Language Project.
As part of their Case Studies Public Art Online has began to review the development of Watershed+ in a series of reports: