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Calgary Stampede

July 13, 2011 13:20 ET

The Calgary Stampede Welcomes Eight Epic Horses to Downtown Courthouse Park

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2011) -

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The Calgary Stampede, together with the Province of Alberta and City of Calgary, are pleased to present Calgary's newest piece of public art today – eight grand horses created by internationally acclaimed Canadian artist Joe Fafard. The sculpture will permanently reside in the downtown Province of Alberta courthouse park (official name to be announced at a later date).

The sculpture, the second in the series of two entitled "Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si Do" is comprised of eight powder-coated 5/8 inch cut-steel plate horses. The art initiative was created to commemorate Québec City's 400th anniversary and the Calgary – Québec City sister-city relationship.

"These horses will serve as a long lasting symbol of our nation's shared past, and of the strong friendship between our two sister-cities," said the Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta.

The first in the series, which was presented as a gift to Québec City on September 30, 2010, currently resides along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The second sculpture, which was originally welcomed to Calgary in October 2010, now has a permanent green pasture to call its own.

"Québec City is not only one of Calgary's sister-cities, but they've been a wonderful participant for the past thirty years with the Calgary Stampede," said Calgary Stampede President and Chairman Michael Casey. "Both cities have a fine appreciation for art, and the horse is such a powerful symbol of our city's history."

The horses are in different poses to represent movement: past, present and the future. Dozens of smaller images reside within each horse, from the nation's flag, to the provinces that make up our nation, to significant buildings and various animals.

"This new addition to our city captures the essence of the spirit of the Calgary Stampede. It is an excellent reminder of our western heritage that will be with us for years to come," said His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of the City of Calgary.

"There is a special place for the role that the horse has played in shaping our history," said Joe Fafard. "For me, the gifting from Calgary to Québec City represents for me an acknowledgement of the gift to mankind that the horse surely is."

The Calgary Stampede Public Art Committee was founded by George Brookman, Calgary Stampede Past President, and established in 2007 as a part of the Stampede's community engagement mandate. Brookman's passion for the City and the public arts initiated the concept of the "Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si Do" sculpture, and Brookman along with current Calgary Stampede Public Art Committee Chair Sandra LeBlanc, were pivotal in seeing this concept through to fruition, and providing the Calgary Stampede and the City of Calgary with this sculpture. This project was funded by PennWest Energy, the Siebens family of Calgary, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede.

The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through its world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities. For more about the Stampede, visit

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