What’s New and Exciting at the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre This Summer

This sprawling 20-acre site west of the city is working towards being the largest sculpture park in Western Canada.

The Bridge by Charles Boyce is just one of the sculptures at the 200-acre Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre. Photograph by Tasha Roa.

One of Calgary’s best-kept secret attractions is quite the feat: This sprawling 20-acre site west of the city is working towards being the largest sculpture park in Western Canada. Founded in 2007 by artists Katie Ohe and the late Harry Kiyooka, the art-in-nature destination has more than 100 pieces on display throughout its grounds. This season, it has gained a new one: The Doodle #4 by Ohe is a 12-foot-high site-specific sculpture based on works from her 2020 solo exhibition at the Esker Foundation. Take a guided tour of the park to get the full scope of it and the other installations — both the large-scale sculptures around the property and the smaller ones in the private gardens around the founders’ home.

Why you should go even if you’re not into art: With pathways that wind through the rolling fields of the sculpture park, you’ll enjoy a lovely day in nature, no matter if you go for the guided tour or a self-guided jaunt. You’re bound to be in awe of the juxtaposition of striking contemporary sculptures set against a backdrop of trees or a pond on the prairie.

244034 Horizon View Rd.,587-391-9837, koartscentre.org

 

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This article appears in the June 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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