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You know when someone tells you that a hotel is unique and you’re not sure if it’s true? Well, with Hotel Arts, it most definitely is true. Located in Calgary’s Beltline community, the hotel is close to the Stampede grounds, downtown, and the key nightlife areas of the city. It features some of the area’s best restaurants. It’s also got one of the best pools of any Canadian hotel, boasting a patio bar and drink services that match what you’d expect in Miami Beach. All of that makes this hotel unique, but what really makes it stand out is the original pieces of art that are found at every corner inside and out. This hotel makes sure its namesake is a focal point for anyone who even comes close to the property. From the massive Charles Malinsky piece that hangs from the exterior of the building to a life-size black horse that doubles as a lamp in the lobby, Hotel Arts’ collection is more reflective of a contemporary gallery than a hotel. Here are four pieces that you can only see at Hotel Arts, and that you can check out just by walking into their lobby.
This piece by Edmonton-born, Brooklyn-based artist Tim Okamura profiles Martin Luther King surrounded by a gold halo. Okamura’s pieces are common to see in New York exhibits, and his art has been displayed at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This piece can be found inside Hotel Arts, close to the entrances of Yellow Door Bistro and Raw Bar.
One of the hotel’s most iconic art pieces (just do an Instagram search for Hotel Arts to see for yourself), this piece by Bruce Pashak is in the main floor lobby. Just ask staff to point out the horse painting and you’ll be able to discover this piece for yourself. As Pashak describes, “viewers must feel their way through the work.”
This blown glass masterpiece by Barry Fairbairn greets you as soon as you enter Hotel Arts. This 145-piece is broken into two installations – a large version hanging off the roof of the event foyer, and a smaller version on the roof as you enter the hotel as pictured here. Each floor in Hotel Arts displays one of Fairbairn’s blown glass fixtures.
This art piece by Richard Halliday is about the measuring and mapping of space. This series is part of an even larger series, which is such an anchor point of Hotel Arts, you can see a similar pattern on everything Hotel Arts uses to promote itself. Just check out their website to see how they integrate this piece into their business. It is definitely worth checking out Hotel Arts while in Calgary for a weekend stay, or just to walk through and admire their awesome art collection.
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