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Seven city bridges to feature First Nation-themed banners

Tanya Blakney

660 News (Calgary)

Seven bridges in and around the city will soon feature a new series of First Nations-themed banners.

The series showcases Canadian artist, Will Yee, who says stories from our history can be a reminder of transformative realities such as birth, change, adversity and death.

Yee says, “as I read about the First Nation’s people and learned more about their oral history, I found I appreciated their respect for the commonality we all share with nature and the local wildlife around Calgary.”

The bridge banners are part of the Centre City Banner Program that began in 2008.

The program is jointly funded by the Downtown Improvement Fund and the Public Art Program and managed by the City of Calgary.

Project manager Graham Gerylo says, “the goal is to create a rich experience for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in the centre city.”

The banners will be installed throughout the month of August at Olympic Plaza and Gateway bridges leading into Centre City including 14th Street, Louise (10th Street), Centre Street, Langevin (Edmonton Trail) and Zoo bridges.

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