“A little while and I will be gone from among you, whither I cannot tell. From nowhere we come, into nowhere we go. What is life? It is a flash of firefly in the night. It is a breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is as the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” – Chief Crowfoot
Inspired by Siksika First Nation’s Chief Crowfoot’s quote “What is Life?”, the special containR project spearheaded by non-profit arts organization Springboard Performance is a collaboration with Governor General Award winning Siksika artist Adrian Stimson, who has envisioned an inspiring visual interpretation of the quote, on a mural installation comprised of 2 forty foot shipping containers.
“I am honoured to be a part of the containR project, the re-imagining of the container in public space is exciting, containers are becoming prominent objects on the landscape. Therefore they deserve our attention and thought on how to integrate them more harmoniously into our environment. Fireflies at Twilight gave me the opportunity to visualize Chief Crowfoot’s last words, like Writing on Stone, the surface of the container offered me an opportunity to explore the theme in a unconventional way, to tell stories. The Fireflies, the bison, the landscape, re-imagined petroglyphs, Treaty Seven, Chief Crowfoot and his last words, combine to make space for Indigenous knowledge and understanding. To understand the territory we all inhabit, to inspire youth and all people in finding themselves in those stories. I believe art can inspire change, the containR can hold those stories and be that space where we can re-imagine our relationships to each other and the land we inhabit.” - Adrian Stimson, Visual Artist
"The inspiration for the Fireflies at Twilight mural came in an ephemeral flash, just like a firefly twinkly, a setting sunset, and the breath of a buffalo. Through the synergy of the creative build and design team, and exceptional artistry of visual artist Adrian Stimson, Fireflies at Twilight honours this place, its history, its artists, and the visionary leaders that have realized the possibility of this location, that we now call Calgary." - Nicole Mion, Springboard Performance Artistic Director
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) – the placemaking and development team that is leading the Rivers District Master Plan for east Victoria Park has partnered with Springboard Performance to help realize a temporary mural installation adjacent to Enoch Park. The installation marks the second placemaking gesture in the district as CMLC works to advance the master plan vision for Calgary’s future Culture and Entertainment District. “As we’ve expanded our focus into east Victoria Park through the development of the Rivers District Master Plan, this installation was an opportunity to help activate the street-level and bring people into the district,” says Clare LePan, Director Marketing and Communications. “We’ve previously worked with Springboard Performance on their containR project in East Village and saw this installation as a small gesture for the type of placemaking programs that we feel are important in starting to craft new experiences in the community.”
This project was realized with the support of the Calgary Foundation and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th , a collaboration between Calgary Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, as well as a CIP Community Investment Program Grant, offered through the Government of Alberta. CMLC supported the project through production support and the site location adjacent to Enoch Park on land owned by the organization.
containR has always worked to connect communities through art, and we hope with this installation to create opportunities for all Calgarians, including indigenous and non-indigenous youth, to add to the containR installation, to inspire individuals to tell their stories.