Shelter For What Remains by: Tyla Cosgrove

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Shelter For What Remains intends to bring Calgarians to 17th Avenue during road reconstructions to challenge the way we think about funerals through a creative process and open storytelling. We will work with 6 local artists in the creation of new art works whilst documenting their process over the summer months. The culmination of this project will be an gallery exhibition and commemorative catalogue.

This project is partnered with Leydens Funeral Home located on #thecREativeRealm 'Block One' (from 2nd-4th Street SW) to host an art exhibition and reception in September. The art work will be created by using the framework for traditional and practical funerary receptacles, coupled with design and artistic sensibility brought forth by the individual artists. We imagine a synergy that will draw warmth and receptivity to Calgarians, who might then consider employing local artists in the creation of funeral vessels.

We have already engaged Leydens Funeral Home, asking them to host and participate in the show by storytelling about their work. They are extremely receptive and wishing to provide public tours of the home on the show night. The funeral home has multiple rooms and a reception hall. The work will be set up throughout the home and the event supported by local businesses on Block One.

What a thing it will be, to see the funeral home come alive.

We will be working with a photographer to produce a limited edition 6x6 legacy catalogue to be made available at the Shelter For What Remains reception.

Daniel Kirk