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Preparation to begin for installation of community’s first public art piece: Reflections on the River

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Site preparation will soon begin for Wood Buffalo’s first installation of public art: Reflections on the River. Part of the municipal Public Art Program, the piece will be installed along the MacDonald Drive causeway, as originally approved by Council.

“This is an exciting step for the Wood Buffalo arts community and the Public Art Program,” said Mayor Don Scott. “Not only is Reflections on the River a beautiful piece, it’s also a symbol that showcases the spirit of our community. I look forward to visiting the site with my family and enjoying this new public art.”

Reflections on the River is a 20-foot installation that incorporates a bronze figure, weathered steel and projected lighting to depict an image of a canoe on the water. It represents the region’s rich heritage, culture, and people.

The piece and location were selected from public engagement sessions facilitated by the Public Art Committee and were later approved by Council.

As part of site preparation for the installation and to address safety considerations for the Snye Water Aerodrome, approximately twenty trees will be removed or relocated to provide a clear and safe path for seaplanes.

In 2015, the Public Art Committee facilitated an extensive public engagement campaign to select the site for a new piece of public art, as well as the piece itself. In total, over 1,100 responses to a public survey informed the selection of Reflections on the River.

The Municipality’s Public Art Program was created in 2014 to develop a dynamic collection of art that celebrates Wood Buffalo’s culture, history and people while enhancing the visual and aesthetic impact of the region.

Construction of Reflections on the River will take place throughout the summer with expected completion by fall 2018.


More information regarding the project is available at