People from Calgary, specifically those who pass by or sit on the benches in Calgary’s Bowmont Park were subjected to a hilarious kind of guerrilla art. Despite the fact that hearing guerrilla art makes people think about graffitis and noisy art, these quieter versions left most people who have seen it amused. In fact, some people even fought to have it back when it was removed.
The amusing art were plaques with seemingly irrelevant trivia about Calgary like “Benjy, the first hamster to fly solo around the world, took off from this spot in April 1937,” “Nothing of note happened here—or at least that is what they want you to believe” and “Humans first invented fire right here in 1903”
At first, the city council didn’t like the idea so the plaques were taken down. However, it turned out that people are quite pleased with it and even considered them priceless. In no time, people were tweeting about it and saying that it was taken away and they would love to have them back.
Someone installed these plaques on a bunch of benches in Calgary, but they got taken down by the city today but I think they're priceless. pic.twitter.com/h0YoInDpxe
— Hafeez Noorani 🇨🇦 (@FEEZYDoesIT) October 9, 2020
The city then obliged and brought it back. “As the city, we have to err on the side of caution, but in this case, it was a bit too cautious,” the powers that tweet for the city admitted. “Listening to what’s important to Calgarians is part of our job. If we can make changes for a better outcome, that’s what we’ll do.”
The signs are back in place in no time and people couldn’t be happier. Now that Calgarians are happy, someone thought that people from Edmonton might also enjoy these arts.
A Calgarian prankster replaced a bunch of park bench plaques in the city with weird facts about #Calgary. 😂
— Lauren Hunter (@HunterAtHome) October 7, 2020
As a last request, people are requesting that the artist guilty of putting up the hilarious trivia let them know once he or she has put up new ones so they can follow.