The Dichotomy of Alberta
In Alberta, we have two opposing lifestyles, rural life and urban life. The sculpture aims to reconcile these differences by showing how they can coexist. Joining the two is a concrete panel. Running perpendicular to the wall along the base, sits a light post. On one side, urban life is represented by a rusted lamp post. The urban life is emphasized by blank concrete faces and rusted structures in our industrial concrete jungles. On the other side of the panel, rural life is represented by a tree stump. The tree stump is our roots to rural Alberta; it is our heritage that supports our urban culture. Additionally, on this side of the concrete panel, light is emitted through the sculpture, shining as brilliant as the expansive star-filled prairie night sky. This material which we assume to be so bland and ordinary is anything but; it is an object with possibility and opportunity. We should not assume, but constantly question and explore not only what materials can be, but for life itself.