CMLC, East Village, Calgary, 2012
The most notable amenity along Riverfront Lane is an enormous 34 meter long and 4 meter high mosaic tiled wall, called THESAMEWAYBETTER/READER by Calgarian Ron Moppett. For his piece Mr. Moppett worked with German stained glass experts MAYER of MUNICH to translate a collage and painting into a mosaic glass and stone tiled wall featuring more than 956,321 unique pieces.
In the case of the title of his installation, Moppett is representing history, progress, renewal and vision. In the opening reference to - THESAME - the artist is referring to East Village and the role the neighbourhood has played in the settlement and development of the City of Calgary. In reference to - WAYBETTER - the artist refers to the work Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is doing to revitalize the neighbourhood. READER is a tribute to Mr. William Reader who was Calgary’s first Superintendent of Parks and Cemeteries (1913-1943). Reader was a visionary and one of Calgary's first great urban planners.
THESAMEWAYBETTER/READER, 2012. Photography Kevin Baer