Phantom Wing re-opens King Edward School
From the same people who brought Wreck City to Calgary in May, Phantom Wing is a pre-demolition art project containing the work of over 30 artists and performers.
cSPACE purchased the vacant King Edward School with plans to turn it into a multidisciplinary arts hub. But before demolition day, artists will bring this old school to life through large-scale artworks, performance art and installation art. The project will be open to the public until Sept. 27.
Written and photographed by Laren Pritchard
Published on Sept. 24
King Edward School sat vacant for 12 years — until now. Thirty artists are let loose in the 1960s wing of the school to turn it into an art project before cSPACE demolishes the wing to create a multidisciplinary arts hub.
Ringing fire bells in the old library will satisfy our childhood desire to pull the school fire alarm.
Left: Before the artists could start, basic maintenance was required, such as removing the locks off lockers and emptying out the forgotten items. Right: Lane Shordee wanted to create a piece that would illustrate how easy it is to move water. He said he hopes it will get viewers to discuss and remember what happened only a few shorts months ago.
Left: Artists were challenged to work with their surroundings to create their pieces and bring these walls back to life. Right: Alia Shahab, Lane Shordee and Ivan Ostapenko, in collaboration with ANTYX Community Arts youth group, created a waterfall from the roof into a pool in the old library to pay respect to the flood. The piece is made out of scraps that were found down around the river and in damaged neighbourhoods.