Island Time

Time usually drifts on Elbow Island, measured by the shifting of the seasons and the rise and fall of the Elbow River. As the hot Summer sun beats down on this remarkably wild inner-city park space, a collision of chronologies is unfolding: time, as measured by nature, meets time, as measured by humans. Construction equipment…

Rock Ford

This mini-doc, created by our project filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi, tracks the process of conceiving and installing the rock ford artworks on Elbow Island Park. The second in a series of mini-docs following The Wandering Island, this short film documents artists Lane Shordee and Kablusiak, as they work on their stone projects in the Elbow River. You can read more…

An Invitation

From our documentary filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi, comes the first in a series of mini-docs following The Wandering Island. This film is an introduction and invitation to the project, intended to track the beginning of a multi-year public art project embedded in a Calgary/Mohkínstsis park space.  The Wandering Island: An invitation from Wandering Island on Vimeo. Mini-docs, photos,…

Crossing

Another of the permanent artworks on Elbow Island takes the form of a rock ford – essentially, stepping stones to help visitors cross a secondary channel of water. Before the project, this ephemeral stream was dry except during high-flow months. After the project, the stream will flow all year round, and visitors will be able to…

Sitting Together

On the first of our many walks on Elbow Island, we were bursting with thoughts, observations, and ideas. We looked for somewhere on the island to sit down and discuss, but we soon recognized that (aside the foliage or the dusty bank) there isn’t really anywhere convenient to sit, to rest and talk, or watch…

Entrance

The first aspect of The Wandering Island is a new stairway leading down into Elbow Island Park, designed by lead artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. Intended to replace the current rickety wooden stairs (damaged during the flood of 2013), the stairs provide access to the island from Mission Bridge, a historically significant Calgary bridge…

Floating Islands

Conceptually, Elbow Island drifts between city + nature, land + river, public + private, camouflaged + forgotten.

Public Art

…ultimately everything, nature and culture as well, and thus [humans] and [their] habitat, are connected in an infinite, diverse systems of relationships. Edgar Morin, Sustainability Theorist The potential for public artworks within the overall Elbow Island Park project is multifold. There is a possibility to impact both the infrastructure of the island, and its social/conceptual…

Fish + Flood

Elbow Island Park is, currently, not exactly an island. The Alberta Flood of 2013 swallowed Elbow Island, overflowing Glenmore Dam and filling the side-channel of the island with gravel. This exacerbated a process that had begun already, blocking the island’s secondary stream with debris and creating a rocky, mucky riverbed.     Following the flood,…

Site

Elbow Island Park borders some of the oldest neighbourhoods in post-Treaty 7 Calgary: Mission, Rideau Park, and Roxboro. Despite being a beautiful public green space along the Elbow River,  it is currently relatively difficult to access – hiding in plain sight. One narrow stairway leads on and off the island from Mission Bridge. The only…