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Mount Royal University Centennial Mural
Artist:
Wendy Palmer
Panel
#123
Title:

1988 Calgary Winter Olympics

Medium:
Acrylic
 
Panel before

Artist Comments:
The 1988 XV Winter Olympics hosted by the Calgary community and it’s surrounding areas produced a phenomenal event. I was personally involved in the 1988 Winter Olympics, as I worked for OCO’88 in the Engineering Department, and what an exciting career opportunity this was. The City of Calgary incorporated over 8000 volunteers and 300 OCO’88 staff members who were involved in staging the Winter Games. Calgary welcomed over 2600 athletes from over 40 countries from around the world. Approximately 5000 members of the media who attended the Games broadcasted their stories to more than 1.5 billion viewers. Mount Royal University was involved with the Winter Olympics by housing a portion of the media in their facilities and provided recreation and food services to the majority of the media members. The people made the games come together, and every member of the community did their part, big or small, to contribute to a very successful Winter Olympics in Calgary.

The original Olympic Games were developed in Ancient Greece. A sacred truce was announced for a period before and after the Games to assure safe travel for athletes and spectators and to stop warfare in the areas surrounding Olympia. The Olympic Games exemplified the Greek search for excellence, love of competition and belief in the development of physical health and skill. Revival of the Olympic values of harmonizing physical, mental and spiritual development was initiated by a French aristocrat and the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896.

So how do you represent this monumental event in one picture. Well, I decided to paint the XV Olympic Medal, as this precious piece of metal, whether made of Gold, Silver or Bronze, is a recognized symbol of excellence that drives the athletes to train for years so that they can compete at their best. Countries support and train their athletes to be world competitors in the largest games competition, so that they compete united as a nation against other nations to attain these symbols of excellence. The modern Olympics has brought people and countries together for over a hundred years and is the most popular sports event throughout the world, with all participants competing for one thing, the symbol of excellence, the Olympic Medal.

Artist Statement:
MRC housed the Olympic Media during the 1988 XV Winter Olympics. I decided to paint the XV Winter Olympic Medal to represent this event, as this precious piece of metal, is a recognized symbol of excellence. The Olympics is the most popular sports event throughout the world, with all participants competing for one thing, the symbol of excellence, the Olympic Medal.

Artist Bio:
Wendy Palmer is a professional nature and wildlife artist. She is a Signature Member of the Artists for Conservation and International Guild of Realism. Wendy’s favorite mediums are Acrylic and Oil. To view Wendy’s portfolio, please visit her website: www.wendypalmer-artist.com