The BUMP Roadworks Program was launched in 2020 through the City of Calgary and has been a unique public art opportunity to program local, emerging artists. Road Works barriers are unique canvases for local painters new to muralism that introduce artists to painting at large scales on rough surfaces. The barriers provide safety and intrigue to Calgary’s adaptive patio spaces and traffic calming projects throughout the city. While we know that the Jersey Barriers artists’ paint will end up all over the city, there is certainly an element of surprise in not knowing exactly where your piece could go. Our Roadworks artists design and paint their canvas’s with this in mind – that their art has the capacity to spark joy, wonder, play and dialogue in a variety of different neighborhoods, potentially even traveling further than one site and reaching new eyes every day.
For 2022 we launched two separate ROADWORKS initiatives, one in the early summer, and one in the fall. For the first, we had 17 local artists paint barriers that can be found all over Downtown, The Beltline, Kensington and more. With this program being such a hit, we were asked to bring ROADWORKS back, this time to the community of DOVER on 34 Avenue S.E.
SUMMER ROADWORKS 2022
Bill’s Benevolent Association
ROADWORKS DOVER 2022
BB Iskwew & Riley Williams