On Monday morning, the last remnant of Occupy Calgary was lifted onto the back bed of a truck and moved to an undisclosed location. The Occupy sculpture, "Heart of the Beast," provided the Calgary Occupy protesters with a lasting symbol of hope, but after an eviction from Olympic Plaza last Friday, it was only a matter of time before the sculpture too, was dismissed from the space.
Created by an anonymous artist known only as "D.H.," the nearly ten-foot high sculpture was placed in Olympic Plaza in the middle of the night, hours before bylaw officers moved in to clear the encampment altogether. Now, the city is faced with what to do with the symbolic sculpture.
At the moment, "Heart of the Beast" is being stored in a heated warehouse until the public art board can decide what to do with the piece. Ald. Brian Pincott hopes that the sculpture will be moved to the space in front of city hall, calling the piece "beautiful" and "elegant."
Though his identity remains shrouded in mystery, the artist responsible, D.H., said that the Occupy sculpture should be placed back in its original context for periods of time to coincide with the occupation of the plaza.
"My suggestion is there's a number of individuals down here for 55 days," the artist said. "I think that it would be nice if every year (the sculpture) was down here for that 55 days."