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A Kissing Photo of an Engaged Couple at Poppy Plaza

Poppy Plaza Calgary Photographer

Poppy Plaza opened in 2013 as a part of a rejuvenation of Memorial Drive, a ceremonial boulevard that celebrates Canada's and Calgary's contribution to the First World War.


This space combines wood deck surface and weathered steel facades with quotations about different perspectives of war cut into the steel walls.


On the upper level, there's an original 1922 heritage tree, like the ones along Memorial Drive planted to commemorate each soldier from Southern Alberta who died in First World War. The original idea was to give relatives of fallen soldiers a place to visit as most graves were left in Europe. Most trees planted a hundred years ago are at the end of their life span, so planting new trees was a timely and appropriate thing to do.


Steps to the river's edge offer a chance to connect with the newly restored river's edge, leading visitors towards a pathway along the river, usually busy with bikers, cyclists or just people strolling by. The steel surface also acts as a retainer for the 100-year flood bank.


Plaza also offers excellent views of the Louise Bridge and downtown skyline and easy access to the trendy Kensington District.


An interesting fact about this bridge is that it was built in 1921 and was named after Louise Cushing, daughter of William Henry Cushing, Calgary mayor from 1900 to 1901.


All those elements create a 24-hour, year-round public space right next to downtown Calgary.


It's our favourite place to visit whenever we are nearby or have one of our clients ask us to have their session there.


Check out a selection of the photos we have created at Poppy Plaza.