Alberta University of the Arts gifts sculpture to the City of Airdrie



Harold Weiss sculpture on display at Airdrie's City Hall
 
Alberta University of the Arts recently gifted a sculpture to the City of Airdrie to enhance its public art program. The 43-year-old sculpture was removed from the campus in late August and fully restored before it was installed outside of the City Hall in Airdrie.


Harold Weiss' sculpture leaves AUArts to be refurbished

“We’re so appreciative to be the recipient of this sculpture,” said City of Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown. “Our connection with AUArts has grown over the last few years and we look forward to continuing these types of partnerships that enhance the arts here in Airdrie. We’re proud to accept and display this well-known piece of work in our great City​.”



AUArts Elder Paul Daniels with Lawrence Gervais, Region 3 President, Métis Nation of Alberta
 
The work of art is an untitled, abstract welded sculpture created by former student Harold Weiss. Weiss won a 3rd-year sculpture competition with the piece in the 1970s at the Alberta College of Art (ACA) before the school transitioned to a university, and it was originally installed in a walkway that led from the carpark to the Luke Lindoe Library and the Jubilee Auditorium. With planned structural changes to the staircase and entranceway above the sculpture’s location, it was removed this year and moved to its new home, ensuring the sculpture will be enjoyed by generations to come.
 

AUArts Elder Paul Daniels poses with Harold Weiss' statue on display in City of Airdrie
 
“At Alberta University of the Arts we strongly believe in the role of public art which is to highlight moments in the landscape of our cities,” said Dr. Daniel Doz, President and CEO of AUArts. “It is out of a diverse array of public work that the depth and breadth of a community are expressed. AUArts is so proud to partner with the City of Airdrie so that this work continues to live on.”
 
AUArts Presiden & CEO Dr. Daniel Doz, His Worship Peter Brown, the Mayor of Airdrie,  and Lawrence Gervais, Region 3 President, Métis Nation of Alberta
 
The sculpture was unveiled at Airdrie’s City Hall on September 28, 2019, in celebration of Alberta Culture Days.  Guests at the event included AUArts Elder Council member Elder Paul Daniels who provided a blessing, City of Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown, AUArts CEO & President Dr. Daniel Doz, and Lawrence Gervais, Region 3 President, Métis Nation of Alberta.