Public art is a contentious issue in Calgary, with the city’s policy of contributing 1% of all project budgets to art. The problem arises when this policy is applied to places where the public can’t go, such as a water treatment plant. Another issue is who decides what is art and what is a monstrosity, such as the big blue circle in the northeast. Most people agree that that thing is an embarrassment but someone thought it was nice, or it would never have been built.
Here is a nice description of the history of art in Calgary