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Alex Janvier mosaic unveiled at Rogers Place

New mosaic sits in Ford Hall the main entrance to the building.

Event goers perform a round dance at the end of the ceremony.

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Event goers perform a round dance at the end of the ceremony.

Alex Janvier’s "Iron Foot Palace," a 14-metre title mosaic made of tile in the entrance to Rogers Place, was unveiled Thursday morning.

Just hours before an official ribbon cutting ceremony opened the building, local school children pulled back black cloth to reveal Janvier's work, which sits in Ford Hall — the space formerly known as the Wintergarden.

Artist Alex Janvier stands with Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky.

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Artist Alex Janvier stands with Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky.

Janvier said it was inspiring to see his mosaic in such an important building in the city.

“It’s amazing to have it here,” he said. “When you see the actual finish it’s really just wonderful to see.”

The mosaic features almost a million individual glass tiles.

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The mosaic features almost a million individual glass tiles.

The mosaic is made up of almost a million glass tiles, and was put together over the course of six months.

Janvier said he feels honoured to have been chosen to install the piece.

“We have the fortune of doing things in Edmonton, and to have pieces like this tells us more about Edmonton’s people,” he said. “They have been kind to me through the years.”

Mayor Don Iveson said the work is incredible and fits into the new building.

“To have such a remarkable work of art that is all about the convergence of different people and different perspective on this piece of land we call Edmonton is really a fitting tribute,” he said

Bob Black, vice-president with the Katz Group, said the organization was thrilled with Janvier’s work and its prominence in the building.

“From the very beginning, we believed that Ford Hall would be a great meeting place and to have this piece of art as the centrepiece of it all is going to create indelible experiences,” he said.

The Edmonton Arts Council helped select all of the public art in and around Rogers Place.

Black said when the Oilers were told about Janvier’s piece it seemed immediately appropriate.

“We’re very respectful of the reality that we are on Treaty Six lands,” he said. “This is something strike a chord with us, it has from the very beginning.”

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