Major art installation celebrates the magic of the season
November 23, 2012, Calgary, AB… With the largest bear standing more than 25 feet tall and weighing a grand 1,250 pounds, a new family of four polar bears made their final migration to Chinook Centre today to greet holiday shoppers. Inspired by soapstone carvings and six months in the making, the massive art installation is now part of Chinook’s permanent in-mall holiday experience.
“The holidays represent a magical time of the year and our new family of polar bears truly capture the magic of the season,” said Peggy Lim, marketing director, Chinook Centre. “Polar bears are uniquely Canadian and one of the most grand creatures on Earth and we hope this new family brings joy to those who visit them,” she said.
Heavy Industries, who have manufactured and installed some of Canada’s best known public art sculptures, put over 3,000 man hours into bringing the bears to life.
“Collaborating with the Chinook team and designers at GH+A gave us an opportunity to develop something truly original and inspiring that we’re proud to have built for our city. The combination of shape, light, texture and shine gives the polar bears an impossible, made of snow feel – as though they’ve just stepped out of a winter wonderland dream. The polar bears have a structural quality, but also an airness that gives them a traditional feel with a modern edge. In much the same way as they were designed, we hope visitors to Chinook Centre will embrace the polar bears as a new take on their holiday traditions,” said Adam Weir, creative director, Heavy Industries.
Just the bear facts:
- Creative concept by GH+A Design in conjunction with Heavy Industries
- Fabrication and installation by Heavy Industries
- Lighting design by Gabriel Mackinnon
- Made of steel, EPS foam, and polyurea coating
- Four layers of coatings and paint create the “packed snow” texture and glistening sheen
In addition to unveiling the bears, Chinook Centre also announced details on a holiday contest that provides Calgarians the chance to win and give at the same time. With a grand prize of a Polar Bear Safari for four with Classic Canadian Tours, for every entry received, Chinook Centre will donate $1 to Polar Bears International, the world’s leading polar bear conservation group. Up to $10,000 has been committed.
About Chinook Centre:
Stretching two full city blocks, Chinook Centre one of Calgary’s most re recognizable landmarks and has been the city’s best-known retail shopping destination for over 50 years. With nearly 1.4 million square feet of top quality retail shops, services and entertainment venues with a central, urban location serviced by the Calgary LRT, Chinook is truly a city within a city. Chinook Centre is owned and managed by The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, one of North America’s largest investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate. For more information about the Chinook Centre, visit chinookcentre.com.
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