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Sir Winston Churchill Square

Downtown Edmonton continues to transform, building a better and more family-friendly gathering place for citizens and visitors. Sir Winston Churchill Square and the Civic Precinct will be impacted by Valley Line LRT construction from Fall 2017 until Spring 2019. Access to businesses on the Square will be maintained during construction. For your safety, please obey posted signs.

For up-to-date information on the Valley Line LRT project progress and impacts, please visit www.transedlrt.ca

Happy Wall

Happy Wall by Thomas Dambo on Churchill Square

Happy Wall, an internationally-loved pixel art installation, will help keep Sir Winston Churchill Square as a hub of activity for people while the area is impacted by the Valley Line LRT development and other rehabilitation projects. 

Created by Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo, Happy Wall inspires self-expression from everyone who comes into contact with it. The interactive public art installation is 17 metres long and is covered with 1,040 coloured panels of reclaimed wood that can be flipped to create images or phrases.  Edmonton is the first city in Canada to host a Happy Wall. Dambo’s Happy Wall, which was crafted in 2014 to revitalize construction sites, has been installed in Denmark, Chile, Brazil, and the United States.

“Dambo is an internationally-renowned artist with a penchant for placemaking projects - animating unexpected or transitional spaces across the globe with his upcycled art installations,” said Bob Rasko, Sir Winston Churchill Square Programmer for the Edmonton Arts Council. “That’s why Happy Wall was a perfect fit to bring some colour and energy to Sir Winston Churchill Square during construction. We can’t wait to see the creative messages and images that Edmontonians dream up over the next year - and share with the hashtag #Happywall.”

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Alberta Culture Days

Visit Churchill Square during Alberta Culture Days on Saturday, September 29, 2018 between 2 pm - 5 pm and experience Cypher Wild! Enjoy a free, family-friendly display of art within the world of hip hop including dance, emceeing, spinning, live music and visual art. Host DJ Creeasian (Matt Wood) is exceptional at creating a safe, positive, and inclusive environment for all. Drop in any time, all ages are welcome. No experience necessary. Dance, sing, or just watch an amazing performance unfold. Sampler Cafe will also be onsite spinning beats and creating engaging music.

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The Edmonton Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, programs activity and event happenings in Sir Winston Churchill Square for casual and day-to-day public use between major festivals and civic events. Since August 2011, EAC Churchill Square Happenings programmer, Bob Rasko, has produced a diverse schedule of offerings open to the public including: Sunday Swing 'n Skate, Live at Lunch, CypherWild and Zumba on the Square.

Getting there: Sir Winston Churchill Square is easily accessible by bus and LRT. Visit www.takeETS.com for route and schedule information.

EAC Churchill Square Programmer - Bob Rasko:  brasko@edmontonarts.ca 

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