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Updated: 13th September 2018 16:37

Iconic CBC Calgary sculpture on the move in just weeks

Some curious CBC fans have asked, "What is the fate of the iconic sculpture that sat near the southwest corner of the building for the past four decades?"

Steel Wave is 2 tonnes, 5.5 metres tall, 3.6 metres wide and valued at about $250K when installed in 1978

The Steel Wave sculpture by Roy Leadbeater will be moving from the old location of CBC Calgary to an arts centre in Springbank. (David Bell/CBC)

It's been about a year since CBC Calgary moved four kilometres west from its old location just off Memorial Drive N.W.

The building at 1724 Westmount Blvd. N.W. in Hillhurst was sold in the summer to Vancouver-based developer Anthem Properties, which is planning to build an 84-unit, three-storey, multi-family development.

But some curious CBC fans have asked, 'What is the fate of the iconic sculpture that sat near the southwest corner of the building for the past four decades?'

The 1978 sculpture — Steel Wave by the late Alberta artist Roy Leadbeater — will move later this month to its new home at an arts centre in Springbank, one the centre's co-founders confirmed.

Harry Kiyooka co-founded Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre in Springbank in 2007 with his partner, Katie Ohe. The centre will be the new home of Steel Wave. (Ellis Choe/CBC)

"It is an outstanding sculpture. In terms of Alberta sculptures, it is one of the better pieces. The imagery is about wings, and abstract wings imply freedom," Harry Kiyooka told The Homestretch.

Kiyooka and his partner, Katie Ohe, founded Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre in 2007. It includes a sculpture park.

"This will be the sixth large public art sculpture on the property. It will be parallel to the driveway onto the property, about 600 feet from the gateway," Kiyooka said.

"We are having a contractor move it, but because of the size and weight of it, the carrier will have to be similar to those that transport houses. It weighs more than two tonnes and it's about 18-feet tall and 12-feet wide. They have to make special provisions to move it."

Steel Wave was installed at the southwest corner of the old CBC Calgary building at 1724 Westmount Blvd. N.W. in 1978. It's believed to be originally valued at about $250,000. (David Bell/CBC)

Kiyooka says he understands Steel Wave was originally valued at about $250,000 and it will join other well-known sculptures at the centre.

"There is a famous sculpture called The Bridge by Charles R. (Bob) Boyce. He did that for the 1988 Winter Olympics. He generously donated it to us. Our most valuable and famous sculpture is titled Queen of the Night by world-famous British sculptor named Michael Sandle. He donated it as a gesture of friendship. It's valued at $140,000 and was shipped from Dundee, Scotland."

It's been about a year since we left the old CBC Calgary location on Memorial Drive. There are a few updates on the old building. It will be torn down, to make way for a residential development. Demolition on the interior has already begun. But what is to become of the large orange sculpture that sat out in front of the building? The piece was made in 1978 by the late artist Roy Leadbeater. It's called "Steel Wave." At the end of this month, it too will move to a new home. It was donated to the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre in Springbank. Local artist Harry Kiyooka is the co-owner of the centre. He joined host Doug Dirks in studio. 8:33

With files from The Homestretch.

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