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Calgary mayor weighs in on public art debate

From CTV - August 12, 2017

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has weighed in on an ongoing debate about a controversial piece of public art.

On August 3, the city unveiled a sculpture by New York-based artist Del Geist. The $500,000 piece, dubbed Bowfort Towers, quickly garnered criticism from First Nations groups for closely resembling the burial scaffolds used by the Blackfoot people.

On Friday, Nenshi said that the backlash shows that there are problems with how the city procures public art. Currently, all public art in Calgary is chosen by a panel of seven, six of whom are civilian volunteers. Nenshi said that the in the future, the process should include more public consultation.

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