Landon and I jumped on our bikes yesterday after work and hit up a patio. The sun was shining on the most perfect fall evening. One of our favourite things to do is to explore our own city, to drink great beer (cider or wine for me) and eat delicious food while discussing life, our passion, and our dreams.
After National on 17th we head over to Eau Claire to see the bottle maze named "message in a bottle" that his firm Mckinley Burkart helped create alongside Calgary Can. Interestingly enough this project has been sensored not once... but twice! Due to its message which I didn't think was all that taboo... like for instance, did you know that 50% of Calgarys bottles submitted to the bottle depot are brought in by bottle pickers? I sure didn't. Information like this was taken down.
In the middle of the bottle maze is chalk, you can write and draw, share a message. I wrote about hope and that art is delightfully weird, I wrote Landon and I's name... Landon drew stik graffiti to go along with the message of Calgarys homeless and their role in recycling. But I wouldn't be surprised if someone decides to censor that art as well...
After Eau Claire we checked out pegasus on memorial drive/Kenisngton and then went to Simmons and Inglewood. My favourite installation was the octopus tentacles coming out of the building which you can see at the bottom. Simple, imaginative, and reminds me of being a kid. We ended our night on the rooftop of Charbar with cocktails before biking home. It was the perfect night, in the middle of the week, combining our love of art, interactive installations, food, drinks, and being active outside.
If you live in Calgary I recommend making a day out of seeing all the installations, they are all over Calgary. Take your family, interact, learn, be curious.
There are a handful of photographers participating - if you loved my blog post and wanted to see another #15on15 / #ADayInTheLife... follow over to Justyna's instagram and follow the loop. Justyna is a photographer based out of central Saskatchewan and she specializes in lifestyle and wedding photography. Her style is moody and dark yet it has a sense of lightness through her subjects emotion, never too heavy, always balanced- a yin/yang quality, masculine and feminine.
We will be doing this every month on the 15th so stay tuned for the next one on October 15th and for an even BIGGER train of participants. If you are a Canadian photographer and would love to participate, let us know! :) (you can comment below or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Community is a beautiful thing, we want to shine a light on all of the incredible photographers here in Canada. We are all unique, we have different stories, practices, visual eyes, post processing techniques and that is a beautiful thing. We are better together. We can love each others work, style, and business succeses, we can be supportive, loving, and confident as a community, as artists. #CommunityOverCompetition