. 10 figures in motion with a horse

Bronze-cast sculpture emulates Calgary life

“Public art gives a population an evaluation of its values in a physical form, in the commons where everyone can react to it,” states Alan Henderson, sculptor of many vital installments within Calgary and Alberta.In 2007, Henderson was commissioned by Bucci Developments Ltd. and the City of Calgary to create a vibrant piece that would be installed in the Beltline at the entrance of the Xenex Building on 12th Avenue and 7th Street S.W. 10 Figures in Motion with a HorseThe transpiring bronze-casted installation “10 Figures in Motion with a Horse”, emulates a Calgary culture where the city moves in an array of organized chaos. “The concept for this was my gut reaction to life in Calgary, which really is a city in motion, with its cranes, traffic and pedestrians all blurring by,” Henderson describes on his website

Sourcing a “strong influence from western bronze sculpture” for the piece, Henderson utilizes this media to showcase how he perceives the surroundings around him.“As an artist I want to load a syringe and inject my view of the world as deeply as I can into the cultural bloodstream,” he explains. “On a practical level it means I am paid to do what I love, which is something I do not take for granted.”

A graduate of ACAD, Henderson has developed several other momentous public art installments, with two major commissions at the Calgary International Airport. “Parmenides’ Son” and “Sam Livingstone” both located at Concourse-A, echo a pivotal piece of Calgary history, enshrined in bronze and put on display to countless international and national visitors every year.
“Being allowed to create a public work means that an idea will live, public work is not just about size, it’s also about interaction with a wider community,” Henderson explains.

The artist is currently working with Calgary artist, Dick Averns on “Light Horse Tales of an Afghan War” an exhibition which Henderson utilizes several different mediums to depict war through the eyes of Canadian soldiers. “My current work deals with war and how we remember war, how we individually remember particular incidents and our memory as a wider community - a nation,” he said.

The exhibition premiered at the Dougless Udell Gallery in late March this year and will be showcased again at the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery this fall. For more information on “Light Horse Tales..” and to see some of the installments, please follow the link: http://www.lighthorsetales.com/








Henderson's sculpture

Alan Henderson's bronze sculpture


The choatic public art