Q essay: Calgary, give new public art some time

A commissioned art piece near the YYC Calgary airport. (CBC)

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The City of Calgary commissioned a public art piece from the Berlin design collective Inges Idee and received "Travelling Light" - a giant blue ring five stories tall with two street lamps on top. The price tag? $470,000.

In his opening essay, Jian says, "Sometimes you get universally-loved, critically acclaimed pieces of public art that become the centrepiece of the city - and sometimes you get pieces like 'Travelling Light'."

He calls the piece "head-scratching" but many Calgarians have called it much worse. Even Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said it was "awful."

Should Calgary give the piece some time - Jian suggests twenty years - and learn to love the "weirdo Giant Ring that's blue"? Or do they have a right to be upset about an art project that cost the city almost half a million dollars?

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