About the Artwork:
Botanically themed sculptures echoing the plants and flowers of the Muttart Conservatory will cover the canopies of the Muttart Stop shelters. The organic sculptures will evoke fantastical, playful flowers and cause the viewer to wonder if the sculptures are microscopic biomes or blown-up plants from an otherworldly landscape. The imagery will be derived from community drawing workshops at the Muttart Conservatory. Participants will draw their favourite flowers or plants and the artist will use the drawings to inform the waterjet cut shapes of the sculpture.
About the Artist:
Stephanie Jonsson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in sculpture from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University. She has completed residencies at Harcourt House, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Medalta (Medicine Hat). She received the 2009 Award of Achievement from the Alberta Craft Council, and was listed among the Top 40 Under 40 in Edmonton’s Avenue Magazine that year. She has also been nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards in Edmonton. Jonsson has taught at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Vancouver) and is now the head technician for the University of Alberta’s Sculpture Department.
The Valley Line LRT Muttart Stop public art project is commissioned via the City of Edmonton Percent for Art policy. Percent for Art is a program that allows the City of Edmonton to acquire artwork for public spaces. The Edmonton Arts Council administrates the Percent for Art policy.