I know that all you culture cravers and urban art aficionados are eagerly awaiting the opening of ENMAX Park in July 2016—since we announced that local artist, Jeff de Boer was selected to create a new sculpture to grace the MacDonald Bridge entrance earlier this year, the community has been abuzz with excitement!
I got the opportunity to tour de Boer’s studio and learn more about his work, as well as what inspires him to create.
de Boer is a multimedia artist, best-known for his whimsical metal sculptures—you may have seen his work at the Calgary International Airport (Tin Toy) or Cyclone, at the Glenbow Museum. He’s also received a Board of Governors Award of Excellence for his work instructing at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD). An ACAD graduate, who majored in jewelry design, de Boer now works with various mediums to create pieces that surprise, delight and make memories.
The de Boer family is no stranger to the art of metalwork or the Calgary Stampede—Jeff’s father was a professional tin smith who helped to build the iconic Union 76 Clock Tower on Stampede Park. A Calgary native, de Boer looked forward to attending Stampede each July and being inspired, and amazed by the things he would see. Now, he looks forward to his very own creation becoming an iconic meeting point for Stampede Park guests and he hopes to inspire Calgarian kids to grow up to become artists, makers and creators. “I want to make icons,” said de Boer “I want future generations to look back and say, Jeff made cool things.”