WebStamp May 06, 2020

Alberta’s Dream

On the north side of the Bow tower, you will find a self-portrait bronze sculpture of the world-renowned artist Jaume Plensa. Alberta’s Dream is one of those pieces of art pieces that controversially resembles the views of the provinces. This insignificant sculpture of a tree huger is often overlooked in comparison to its companion of Jaume Plensa’s Wonderland sculpture located at the Bow’s front entrance.


Strategic placement of various Alberta city names on the body represents their place in Alberta. With Calgary on the back and facing the Bow symbolizing its role with big business and the oil industry. The words Edmonton are placed across the front chest indicating it is the heart of the province.

AlbertasDream-F.jpgThe Spanish Artist and sculptor Jaume Plensa was born in 1955 in Barcelona. He shows his work at galleries and museums in Europe, North America, and Asia and has received numerous national and international awards. His Yorkshire Sculpture Park Exhibition in Wakefield, the U.K. in 2011-2012 also included similar tree-hugging sculptures “The Heart of Trees”, also including wire sculpture heads similar to Wonderland.

Be sure to explore Alberta’s Dream and debate the value of Calgary and its citizens in comparison to Alberta, Canada, and the World.


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World leaders agreed upon a group of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. These goals range from ending hunger and poverty, providing all with proper health and education, equality, environmental protection, and includes developing sustainable economies and communities.
Alberta’s Dream is one of those debatable pieces of art that resemble the views of the province.



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