Local artists take over the Phantom Wing of old King Edward School

The Phantom Wing at what was previously King Edward School will soon be a thing of the past, but not without one final ‘big-bang’ event.

The pre-demolition event, at the old school in South Calgary, was the result of more than 30 artists’ creative minds coming together to form one massive art project. The project was open to the public from Sept. 24-29.

With displays of visual and performing art ranging from customized bathroom stalls and water sculptures, to dangling fire bells and flying locker doors, the abandoned wing was bursting with artistic ambition.

Riley Tivadar, despite being ‘forced’ to go to the event by his girlfriend, found that he enjoyed himself.

“Coming from a non-artsy background, this idea of taking an abandoned wing and using it for the public is a good way to connect the city better,” said Tivadar.

“Resident Writer” Andrea Williamson covered the event from start to finish, taking in each pieces’ individual significance.

Some artists decided to honor the past while others looked to the future for inspiration. Williamson blogged about these and everything in between.

“It was amazing to work so closely with the artists, to talk with them about their processes and realizations,” said Williamson.

“And to feel like I could somehow add to the reception and relevance of their projects.”

The name for the Phantom Wing came from the idea of a phantom limb, the sensation that a missing body part is still there and functioning appropriately.

The school’s allegedly haunted wing, which was built in the 1960’s, is being demolished because it does not have a use for the sandstone structure’s new occupant, cSpace Projects.

cSpace Projects was established by the Calgary Arts Development Authority in partnership with The Calgary Foundation in 2011.

Their website describes cSpace Projects as a “21st century hub for creativity”.

cSpace Projects will include multiple art galleries that will hold permanent residence at the South West location.

These spaces include, Bee Kingdom, Wordfest, Fairy Tales Presentation Society, Quickdraw Animation Society, among many others.

Construction is set to start in 2014, and is located north of Marda Loop at 1720 30th Ave. S.W., Calgary.

Lockers suspended mid air down the hallway of the Phantom Wing Project in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Spectators wander down the hallway. (Photo by Nicole Braun/The Press)
Lockers suspended mid air down the hallway of the Phantom Wing Project in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Spectators wander down the hallway. (Photo by Nicole Braun/The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Nicole Braun worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.