WebStamp September 05, 2018
Bumping Up Public Art
Even with Calgary’s city council embargo on public art, communities are taking it upon themselves to enhance the community. The Beltline Urban Mural Project (BUMP) is one of these projects that was created to improve the public realm and build community spirit in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhoods.
The First Annual BUMP Festival was a great success with local artists painting their murals accompanied with artist talks and tours, and topped off with an alley party promoting the Beltline as a community for its public art murals.
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Eleven new murals were created in the BUMP Festival accompanying the 4 murals from the previous year. The new works of art that were painted during the 3-day festival are creative and powerful yet thought-provoking, whimsical, awe-inspiring, celebrating the diversity, talent and vibrant character of the Beltline. Buildings are the best canvasses to showcase public art that helps promote tourism and supports local businesses.
Be sure to stroll the Beltline and enjoy all the new vibrant public art murals. Get stalked by a large cat, admire iconic cowboy boots, get lost in a fantasy world, partake in native celebrations or stroll the wild west. Experience the uniqueness and diversity of Calgary with a walk through downtown. Don’t forget about all the new art and activities for next years BUMP Festival.