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    Default Canada's first Happy Wall comes to Edmonton

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...-art-1.4666295

    City officials hope a new public art display unveiled Wednesday will help bring people downtown, despite ongoing construction work.

    A Happy Wall, an interactive public art installation made of more than 1,000 panels of colourful reclaimed wood has now found a home in Sir Winston Churchill Square. The pixel art display allows people to create messages or images by flipping the wood panels on the public art piece.

    City officials said there have been fewer people in Churchill Square due to construction for the Valley Line LRT and the Stanley A. Milner Library.

    Organizers hope this public art piece will bring more people to the area.

    "We thought that the Happy Wall would make a fantastic addition that everyone can come and play with and enjoy. It's ever–changing, dynamic and colourful for the square," said Bob Rasko, Churchill Square programmer.

    When asked if he is concerned about derogatory messages, Rasko said the pixel art installation will be changed frequently.

    "The Wall itself is kind of like a public speakers' corner if you will," he said.

    "People will be able to come and put up pictures and messages. As you see, even the wind is changing it so if there happens to be something that needs to be changed, the wind might even take care of it itself."

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    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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    Go ahead, speed pass me... I'll meet you at the next red light.

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    Sent this to my left coasters. They love it - want me to go take pics.
    ... gobsmacked

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    Complete waste of money. Brings to mind the million dollar wrapped scaffolding displayed in Churchill Square from a decade ago. Same as it ever was.

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    this would probably have been a lot more successful than a "happy wall":

    6758_10151463891692872_1348883652_n[1] by cdnklc, on Flickr
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    I saw it yesterday as I walked by. Good on the city for trying something different. I have no problem with the project.

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    Love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
    this would probably have been a lot more successful than a "happy wall":

    6758_10151463891692872_1348883652_n[1] by cdnklc, on Flickr
    A lot bloody cheaper I bet..LOL

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