The City of Lacombe is proud to have a public art collection that can be enjoyed throughout the community.
The downtown alleys are home to over 30 walls of murals depicting Lacombe in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. You can take a walking tour of our downtown murals starting at the rear of the Bank of Montreal on 50th Avenue, where you’ll find the entire alleyway full of impressive images of years gone by. Once you have seen this grouping of murals, head north across 50th Avenue to the rear of the Royal Bank on 51st Street and follow the murals eastward. In the spring of 2018, a new mural created by local muralist John Ellenberger will be installed on the north wall of the Yu-Turn building on 50th Street, just north of 51st Avenue.
In Lacombe’s beautiful downtown core, you will find the first of several outdoor sculptures. The Kinetic Tree which is located at the corner of highways 2A and 12, was created by Edmonton based sculptor William Johnson to honor Lacombe’s beautiful trees and green spaces. Look closely and you can find birds floating in the breeze between the branches. North of the Kinetic Tree on 49th Street, is a beautiful sculpture located outside the historic Blacksmith Shop Museum. While not an official piece of the public art collection, this hand forged metal horse created by area blacksmiths is definitely worth seeing!
If you would like to continue your walk, or perhaps use a vehicle, you can head north on 49th Street to 54th Avenue where you will find Popow’s Park. At the west side of the park near the playground, is an imaginative fantasy wood sculpture of a Wizard created by chainsaw artist Darren Jones of Rimbey, Alberta. A couple blocks west, is the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex (5210 – 54 Avenue). Here you will find numerous pieces created by Larry Hunter of Oliver, BC. Larry’s works include “The Happy Family” installed outside on the west wall, three metal signature pieces in the main foyer, two walls of children’s artwork, and a large multi-piece mural of the activities that occur in the facility. Also at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex, you will see John Ellenberger’s mural of stuffed animals painted on the north wall of the splash park.
From the Sportsplex, head west to 58th Street and 52 Avenue to Mayor’s Park, where you will find three huge metal pine cones created by Ontario Artist Floyd Elzinga. The patina on these pine cones makes them seem so real!
The last sculpture in Lacombe can be found on the east side at the Police Services Building, located at 5301 Wolf Creek Drive. Artist Nathan Scott has created a full size bronze sculpture of a police officer to welcome you to the facility.
Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC)
The LMC is home to over 270 pieces of artwork created in a variety of media ranging from acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, raku pottery, wood carvings, soapstone, blown glass, metal and pottery etc. You will find these pieces throughout the upper and lower hallways of the facility. A recent addition is Phemie McLeod’s ceramic shoe collection, which changes with each holiday throughout the year. Be sure to pop back to see what’s new with the shoes!
Above the main entrance to the LMC, is a huge tile mosaic entitled “Ascending Elevators”, which was designed by Dawn Detarando and Brian MacArthur of Red Deer. They created the mosaic to depict the disappearance of iconic grain elevators from the central Alberta landscape. Across the foyer from the mosaic is a massive painting entitled “Snow Geese” that was created for the LMC by artist Geoff Phillips.
Anna Maria’s Café is home to several large images sandblasted into glass by local artist Wayne Spink.
A brochure featuring of some of the artwork and artists found in the LMC can be viewed and accessed online.
When you first enter City Hall, you will be impressed by the images sandblasted into the foyer windows by artist Wayne Spink. There is a third sandblasted glass work to the left of the main counter as well. The upper hallways of City Hall host an ever changing display of artworks from the public art collection.
We encourage you to spend some time taking in Lacombe’s public art collection and we hope you will return time and again to see what’s new.