Calgary Parklands - Bow River Pathway to Chinatown


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February 4th 2022
Published: April 22nd 2022
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Coyote and Moongate, Waterfront Condos Coyote and Moongate, Waterfront Condos Coyote and Moongate, Waterfront Condos

Unusual tribute to a local varmint
Promised a look at the ice sculptures in Chinatown, we gathered at Pumphouse Theatre for our gentle 10 km trek. The Bow River Pathway was cleared of snow and ice, allowing our minds to wander and conversation to flow. With the chinook developing behind us, trees and bushes were silhouetted black against the frozen white of the river.

The detour around the flood-mitigation work near the Centre Street Bridge brought us to the huge Waterfront Condo development. In acknowledgement of its proximity to Chinatown, Waterfront has installed “Moon Gate and Coyote”, a whimsical juxtaposition of a glowing mirrored circular moon gate inhabited by dragon and a smoothly sculptured black coyote peering over its shoulder at intruders. In a startling moment, when we turned around to leave the courtyard, the glowing mirror had switched into the bright yellow of the sun.

Faithfully following our leaders, we came upon first one and then more large ice carvings celebrating the Year of the Tiger. While some walkers went into the very nearby bakery, others debated whether one tiger didn’t look more like a bear. Munching snacks, we toured the other ice sculptures, each sponsored by a local business. Having achieved our goal, we turned back, pausing often to chase chickadees and wood-peckers
Year of the Tiger Year of the Tiger Year of the Tiger

Sculpture sponsored by Dragon City Mall
with our cameras.


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Louise Bridge Louise Bridge
Louise Bridge

Over the frozen Bow River
Coyote Coyote
Coyote

Ever vigilant
Year of the Tiger Year of the Tiger
Year of the Tiger

Sculpture sponsored by Golden Inn Restaurant
Year of the Tiger Year of the Tiger
Year of the Tiger

Sculpture sponsored by Silver Dragon Restaurant
Year of the Tiger Year of the Tiger
Year of the Tiger

Sculpture sponsored by Diamond Bakery
Year of the Tiger Year of the Tiger
Year of the Tiger

Sculpture sponsored by Great Taste Restaurant
Painted benches by Kevin Chow Painted benches by Kevin Chow
Painted benches by Kevin Chow

... next to the hope for summer flowers
Artistic utility boxes Artistic utility boxes
Artistic utility boxes

Even fiercer dragon!
Downy Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Searching for bugs
Chinook archChinook arch
Chinook arch

Welcome warm breezes


22nd April 2022

Fun!
Kevin Chow's benches are both whimsical and individual - a great range of styles coming from one artist. And the utility boxes are fabulous. Public spaces - especially in downtown areas - deserve this level of attention.
24th April 2022

Painted utility boxes
Such a good decision some years ago by The City to treat utility boxes as canvases. The art is contextual to its neighbourhood.
22nd April 2022

As much as I love travelling, I love seeing what is in my own backyard so to speak. Thanks for sharing
24th April 2022

Back yard travel
Seeing our own neighbourhoods as tourists might is a delightful form of exploration.

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