Edmonton is affectionately known as “Festival City” because of the many different types of festivals the city hosts throughout the year. This past week Edmonton put on the annual The Works Arts & Design Festival which features over 31 art sites scattered around the downtown area that host different types of art. The best way to experience all the art that has taken over the downtown core during the festival is to walk around between the different art sites which are hosted in places such as the Edmonton City Hall, to Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, and even the lobby of the University of Alberta’s downtown main campus, Enterprise Square.
In city hall you can see the giant knitted scarf of artist Margie Davidson who spent an entire year knitting every day. The result is a giant scarf (pictured below) that engulfs the steps of the Edmonton City Hall. You can also see different types of porcelain and stone sculptures, multimedia presentations, as well as more traditional forms of artwork such as paintings from a number of different Canadian and international artists. Just a short 5 minute subway ride across the river from the University of Alberta’s main campus, Downtown Edmonton never has a shortage of things to do!