The great sporting legends of Lethbridge are being celebrated in a new public art project for ATB Centre.
City Council passed a resolution on Monday to approve the commissioning of an integrated public art project, which will see the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame permanently installed at ATB Centre. The project, which was designed by University of Lethbridge alumnus Collin Zipp, showcases the inductees on a grand scale.
The two-stage selection process was open to all Canadian artists and involved a selection committee with representatives from several community groups. Mayor Chris Spearman says while the project intent was to create a permanent home for the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, it was also about engaging community and attracting a diverse audience.
"We want this public art project to not only tell the story of sport in Lethbridge, but also to be something that creates pride in our community," says Spearman. "We encourage visitors and residents alike to visit ATB Centre and learn more about our sporting history."
Suzanne Lint, Chair of the City of Lethbridge Public Art Project Commissioning Committee, says the design process will be led by an artist who has met several requirements.
"The artwork had to embrace the project intent and theme while being innovative, safe, durable and completed on time and within budget with minimal ongoing maintenance requirements," says Lint.
The $110,000.00 public art project will be located in the transitional hallways between phases one and two of ATB Centre, on both levels of the facility. Information about inductees and sporting history in Lethbridge will be shared through displays of memorabilia and artifacts as well as video displays. This project is expected to be completed in Spring 2020.
Corporate Communications, City of Lethbridge