This summer, Indigenous artists of all ages and skill levels were asked to submit their proposals for the temporary public art piece. Cheyenne McGinnis and Hali Heavy Shield were the successful applicants
Two new works of public art intended to celebrate local Indigenous culture and voices in the community were unveiled recently at the downtown Telus Building in Lethbridge.
The project is a partnership between the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee, the Heart of Our City Committee, the Public Art Committee and Telus, and is to celebrate Reconciliation Week which is coming up in a couple of weeks, and to add more Indigenous art and celebrate more Indigenous voices in public spaces.”
The two art works were commissioned and designed by local Blackfoot artists Hali Heavy Shield (Nato’yi’kina’soyi) and Cheyenne McGinnis (Natoyihkii) based on the theme of Voice and Representation. The artists created the original works which were then transformed into vinyl wraps by Warwick Printing and transposed over the lower storey windows of the Telus Building on 4th Ave South and 8th Street South.
McGinnis and Heavy Shield’s art will remain on the TELUS building until January