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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileTravelling Light is a large blue metal hoop with street lights on top of it located in the northeast on the new 96th Avenue bridge near Deerfoot Trail.'We have to remember that this is one per cent of the entire capital project budget.' Rachael Seupersad, City of CalgaryNenshi says the $470,000 project was commissioned before he won the last election and he thinks the new piece of art is "awful.""I think they received 55 submissions, of which three were from Calgary, and they managed to pick something they liked," he said."Eighty per cent of the work and the budget was spent in Calgary with Calgary businesses and this is what we got. Now I don't like it, but sometimes art is divisive."Rachael Seupersad, the superintendent of Calgary's public art program, spoke to the Calgary Eyeopener about the controversial sculpture Tuesday morning."It is essentially represents the universal mode of transportation . the wheel," says Seupersad."The artists really looked at the environment and the surrounding area . it really is a place where all modes of transportation and movement come together and that is sort of captured and symbolized within this piece."Seupersad says the art was part of the city's "one Men Canada Goose Banff Parka Grey Singapore Outlets per cent policy.""We do follow council policy, which dictates that one per cent of that budget will go to public art," she said.Art selected by Calgary juryNenshi says that policy was recently amended so the public art money from numerous projects can be pooled to create more substantial art works, or ensure it's placed where people can appreciate it.Seupersad says the $470,000 price tag may seem like a lot, but Calgarians have to keep in mind the total cost.