This project is a large step towards the revitalization of the Abbottsfield neighbourhood. A new community centre was design and constructed to replace an outdated but very active community building. On the front facing wall located directly outside and above the main gym floor that wraps around the building – This was the proposed space designated for the artwork. Scott Sueme was selected by the City of Edmonton Art Council, and commissioned through the Percent For Art program. The design was created in close collaboration with community residents, and community centre staff during seminars in February 2014 – The final design was painted on site and completed in July 2014. Special thanks to assisting artist Evan Brunt, and Andrea Bowes at the Edmonton Art Council.
“I wanted to reference some of the patterns created by the community members during the seminar, but rather than collaging multiple submissions of pattern design, I decided to simplify and reduce this idea to something I saw recurring in the submissions. The use of ‘Stripes’ or bands represent a commonality amongst one another That together we are all part of a uniform direction, or a common goal. This idea is then contrasted with the use of colour to highlight a sense of individuality.
The focal point of the piece is a text piece that reads ‘ARC’ done in a minimal graffiti style. With this aspect of the artwork I wanted to instill the message that graffiti can be more associated with design and craft as opposed to its potential negative associations, ego, violence, etc. I felt as though the community was truly passionate about graffiti as a culture and creative outlet, and through the artwork we can set an example and portray graffiti in its tradition of craft, design and positivity.”