UPDATE: Media Arts student Water for Riley designs now on display

UPDATE - The students designs are now on display in the Hillhurst Community Association. Check them out! 

Thirsty? Looking for something to drink? ACAD students and a community group in Hillhurst-Sunnyside hope to help you quench your thirst and learn about our City’s past at the same time.

The local community group, Water for Riley, is fundraising to build a drinking fountain in historic Riley Park and reached out to ACAD students to design a fountain that reflects the heritage values of one of Calgary’s oldest districts and park’s gorgeous flowerbeds, cricket pitch, playground and pool. 

ACAD students along with students from SAIT and Hillhurst Elementary School are getting involved in the project with support from the City of Calgary, Place2Give, The Calgary Foundation, Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association, This is My City Art Society, and local businesses in the Kensington BRZ. 

ACAD Media Arts faculty member, Kerry Harmer, connected the proposal to curriculum in her first year 3D Object Design course that teaches students the fundamentals of 3D conceptual design. Harmer says excitement started building for the project during a field trip to Riley Park with Water for Riley’s Deborah Sword and Ron Buchan from the City of Calgary.

“The students enjoyed the experience of delivering a professional presentation of their projects to a team of external stakeholders in the project who were overwhelmed with the creativity and inspiring diversity of the students' designs.”

On Monday, December 7 students were surprised in their last class with individual student awards for their community contributions and work. Funds will also go to SAIT for its design submissions, making a total of $5,000 thanks to The Calgary Foundation's grant to the project.

The winning design will be annoced in the summer of 2016. Water for Riley is in initial fundraising stages, for more information and to follow the project please visit www.waterforriley.org.