Ultimate Summer Challenge

Art Installations

Imaginative and interactive art pieces at the Library

Alberta's Energy History & Future

This installation was created by Students on Sustainability at the University of Calgary. Commissioned by Alberta Eco Trust and based on findings from the Alberta Narratives Project, the piece is an inclusive, energy-focused, youth-built installation created on the theme of "gathering." The display includes imagery of an old Albertan oil derrick, a geologic cross-section, Indigenous land recognition, and an innovative vertical wind turbine, with a patchwork of art contributions from various youth groups.

Check out this installation at Nose Hill Library.

Albertas Energy History and Future

Ben’s Bricks

These models were constructed by Ben Stephenson, a Calgary-based LEGO enthusiast. The computational tools and design techniques used to assist with their creation represent a merger of Ben’s interest in computer science and LEGO building. 

Play with LEGO at Nose Hill Library

Can you dig it?

Located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, Fort Calgary has long been a historic and cultural gathering place, from the first Indigenous Peoples who gathered here thousands of years ago, to the arrival of the North West Mounted Police in 1875.

It has a complex history to tell, which archaeologists have worked to uncover with the types of tools you'll find in these archaeology bins, on loan from Fort Calgary.

 Check out this installation at Central, Sage Hill, and Signal Hill libraries.

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Summer Sailing

This Byte sailboat is on loan from the Glenmore Sailing Club. The Byte is 12 ft long, 4 ft 3 in wide, and approximately 100 pounds. Fast, fun, and designed for one, it is a perfect performance boat for beginner sailors. The boat was designed by Canadian Ian Bruce.

Check out this installation at Fish Creek Library.

Did you know a baby rabbit is called a kitten?

Nibbles is a little bigger than your average bunny, but so are most things from Beakerhead! Nibbles was created by Australian visual artist Amanda Parer, and loves to be petted and have her picture taken. You can also feed this giant inflatable bunny illuminated carrots, peas, and flowers.

Visit Nibbles at Village Square Library.

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Super Selfie Station

Take a photo with your favourite superhero! This summer, you can “meet” Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Spiderman, and more at the Library.

Say cheese at Rocky Ridge and Forest Lawn libraries

Take Flight

Experience what it feels like to be in a real Alouette III helicopter! Climb aboard and let your imagination take flight. In partnership with the Hangar Flight Museum.

Explore the skies at Seton Library
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Tin Fish

Is this a work of art or science? It’s courtesy of Beakerhead – so consider it both! This Tin Fish is an “art car.” It looks like a work of art, but can move like a car! It is built of aluminum scales that expand out behind a golf car chassis. Tin Fish was created by Calgarians Kevan Leycraft and Rob Ward. Tin Fish is chillin’ at the Library for the summer, but you may catch a glimpse of him swimming around Beakerhead this September.

Check out this installation at Crowfoot Library.

Isn’t it wonder-full?

"Wonderment" showcases pieces from the 32nd Annual Exhibition of Children’s Art from the City of Calgary’s Wildflower and North Mount Pleasant Arts Centres. Celebrate the sculpture, painting, drawing, and mixed media artworks created by young artists aged 3 to 17. 

Check out this installation at Country Hills and Shawnessy libraries.

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