WRECK CITY through Mike Tan’s Camera

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WRECK CITY is over and the houses we once occupied are a ghost town, patiently awaiting the wrecking ball. The Curators are presently in the process of building an archive of images on our blog, but in the meantime we’re paying tribute to the sheer volume of creative activity surrounding the project. Many photographers visited WRECK CITY, and a selection of their images and stories will come in the days to follow, but some of my favourite images came from Mike Tan of Diane + Mike Photography.  The following is a photographic account, reblogged from their website, along with some additional images that Mike shared with us.

Note: I’ve taken the liberty of re-arranging some images and adding prominent artist credits, which perhaps ruins the overall aesthetic, but works better for the flow of our blog (and for our many artists!) Be sure to check out Diane + Mike’s original post to view the pictures in their proper glory.

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Artist Alex Moon, seen through Joleen Toner’s work

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A viewer ascending up a stairwell installation by The Satisfactory (Mynthia McDaniel & Jane Durham)

BLOG RE-POSTED FROM DIANE + MIKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Last weekend Mike rushed over to check out the final day of a incredible public art project — probably one of, if not the THE largest of it’s kind in Calgary’s history. Installations were all-encompassing, where throngs of public could openly meander through living rooms and exposed foundations, travel across carpet-clad hanging bridge structures, aaaaaand experience a CAMERA OBSCURA! The soon-to-be demolished residential block became a blur of art gallery/amusement park.

Please check out their website, definitely read the ABOUT page because the scale of the project was too grand to cover in one day!

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WRECK CITY viewers on the balcony of Lane Shordee’s greenhouse

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Artist Lane Shordee in his greenhouse

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Artist Lane Shordee in his greenhouse

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Artists Lane Shordee and Mynthis McDaniel, sitting on a porch swing by The Satisfactory (Mynthia and Jane Durham)

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Artist Mynthia McDaniel with a cloud by The Satisfactory (Mynthia McDaniel & Jane Durham)

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Artist Eric Heitmann

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Artist Eric Heitmann with his installation – a long-distance collaboration with two artists from Chili

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A little girl inside the Infinite Forest by Leslie Bell + The Pine Tarts

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Stars inside the Infinite Forest by Leslie Bell + The Pine Tarts

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The ceiling of Desiree Nault’s Make-Out Room

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The view from Desiree Nault’s Make-Out Room (Suki Sawatzky’s crocheted jungle-jim in the distance)

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Viewers cross Alia Shahab’s bridge

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Left: Artists Hye-Seung Jung, Lane Shordee, Ivan Ostapenko, Mynthia McDaniel, Daniel Kirk, Alia Shahab (left to right). Right: Jumping on Alia Shahab’s bridge

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Artist Daniel J. Kirk in his nest

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Bird-face and nest by Daniel J. Kirk

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Slide by Wayne Garrett & Caitlind r.c. Brown

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Octopus by GAPS Prop Shop. WRECK CITY Stage by Brandon Dalmer & Shawn Mankowske

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Artist Alia Shahab and Patrick Whitten

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Specimens collected by WRECK CITY Artist Rebecca Noone

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Specimens collected by WRECK CITY Artist Rebecca Noone

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Antlered bicycle by artist Morris Fox

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Installation by Kasia Koralewska

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Artist Morris Fox with his tree-stump sculpture

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Artist Morris Fox

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Mysterious plastic people!

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… oh wait! It’s Artists Jeremy Pavka and Karly Mortimer

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Installation by Hye-Seung Jung

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Hue-Seung, taking down her installation

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Reflections in the windows of the graffiti house

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The Last Supper (an 809 edition), created bu Christine Weera

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Artist-Curator Shawn Mankowske beside the house he curated

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Left: Artist-Curator Brandon Dalmer. Right: Artist, Natalie McLean

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Brandon Dalmer and Natalie McLean on the front steps of 801

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Does anybody know who the artist was?

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Monsters by Studio Cartel

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Fishing hole by the Bum Family

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View of the fishermen from the fishing hole, an installation by the Bum Family

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A fish-riddled basement, including work by Full Spectrum Collective and the Bum Family

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Left: fish installation by Full Spectrum Collective. Right: puffer fish by the Bum Family

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Artist Suzen Green, looking through her window woolies

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Artist Suzen Green inside her work

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Left: kitchen installation by Jeremy Pavka. Right: Wall installation by Yvonne Kustec

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Frosted wall by Sarah Adams

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A viewer with Kiarra Albina’s painting

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Artist Ivan Ostapenko, standing in a shadow hallway created by him and Studio North (Matthew Kennedy and Mark Erickson)

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Artist Ivan Ostapenko, leaning over a balcony created by him and Studio North (Matthew Kennedy & Mark Erickson)

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Bathroom installation by Kelsey Fraser

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Bathroom installation by Sarah Van Sloten

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Ceiling installation by Camille Betts

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Ceiling installation by Camille Betts

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Interior and exterior of a Camera Obscura by Lea Bucknell

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Black lit installation by Morris Fox

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DJ on Elaine’s porch. Elaine was the only original tenant in a quadraplex otherwise occupied by Artists (801)

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Viewers staring into Svea Ferguson’s toilet

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Chia-seed wall-paintings by Renato Vitic

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A viewer standing under a lamp-shade inside a room installation by Dana Buzzee

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Dirt pile by Lane Shordee

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Last embers of a fire-side performance by Tomas Jonsson

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A viewer walking between the Graffiti Art House and 809 proper

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A viewer ascending through an installation by Matthew Mark Bourree and Mackenzie Boyle

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Installation by Matthew Mark Bourree and Mackenzie Boyle

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Installation by Matthew Mark Bourree and Mackenzie Boyle

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Viewers inside 805. Light piece on the left by Cody Swinkles

A gigantic Thank You to Mike Tan for his enthusiasm, amazing photographs, and willingness to share. Go check out his other work – it’s really awesome!

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