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Eat & Seek

We proudly present Eat & Seek, an inventive outdoor space that will be open to the public starting June 1st until Fall 2021, located by the North Entrance near Starbucks. Explore vibrant designs and wordplay that will inspire you to hunt for hidden messages in a larger-than-life word search, attempt an unconventional hopscotch, and explore puddles of magnetic colour amidst a vast, mysterious grid.

EAT letter from Eat & Seek

EAT bench and patio umbrellas

Eat & Seek has been curated in partnership with PARK and features work from two Alberta artists. The collaborative concept and original artwork were conceived by Calgary-based muralist Nicole Wolf and Edmonton creative, Chris Provins. The unique outdoor dining space will feature an interactive landscape of typography and shape that will encourage play and exploration for visitors of all ages.

This latest public art initiative will both celebrate local talent and provide a unique opportunity for students from Alberta University of the Arts to showcase their work and gain exposure in a public-facing environment. In collaboration with AUArts, Southcentre has invited six senior students to contribute their own distinct designs to Eat & Seek, with guidance and mentorship from AUArts alumni.

Eat & Seek outdoor space

What to Expect

  • Eat & Seek will include 3 self-seating patio spaces with capacity for 130+ guests.
  • All visitors will be required to follow local regulations for social distancing and group sizes.
  • Six people per table maximum, households only, or 2 close contacts for those living alone (see here for full details).
  • Housekeeping staff will circulate regularly to ensure the area remains clean and sanitized.

We invite you to enjoy your next meal at our new interactive outdoor seating area. Click here to view a list of eateries open at Southcentre. We’d love to see and re-post your photos! Make sure to tag us at @SouthcentreMall and use the hashtag #EatnSeekYYC.

Meet the Artists

Artist Nicole Wolf

Nicole Wolf

Nicole Wolf is a full-time artist. Her work explores the mysteries of human behaviour, untold narratives, and unseen realities. She creates comics, paintings, and public art out of a generally messy studio in downtown Calgary. Explore more of Nicole’s art on Instagram at @nicolewolfdesign.

Artist Chris Provins

Chris Provins

Since graduating from Industrial Design in 2007, Chris started off as a product designer. From there he became heavily involved in the branding and design side of things at Lift Interactive, whilst still keeping his feet wet in the design and manufacture of jewelry with his wife’s business Hunt Amor.

Currently, Chris works as the Creative Director at Studio Bramble — a carpentry, millwork, and design studio in Edmonton Alberta. The Studio Bramble team has worked on interior design, custom furniture, product design, displays, signage, and graphics for an impressive list of local businesses. Including Duchess Bakery, Made By Marcus, The Bower, Bar Brico, and Gravity Pope. Discover more of his work on his website and Instagram at @studiobramble and @provinsco.

FAQ's

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  • What is Eat & Seek?

    Eat & Seek is an interactive art installation located at the main west parking lot at Southcentre. It offers socially-distanced seating for 130+ guests to sit and eat.

  • Why is it called Eat & Seek?

    EAT refers to the main purpose of the space, which is to give people a safe place to enjoy their food outdoors. SEEK refers to the theme of the interactive art at the space, which includes an interactive landscape of typography and shape that encourages play and exploration.

  • When is it open?

    Eat & Seek will be open starting June 1st until the end of Fall 2021. It is open during regular mall hours.

  • Where is located?

    Eat & Seek is conveniently located right outside Entrance 1 in the parking lot, which is next to Starbucks.

  • Do I have to buy food to go there?

    No, Eat & Seek is open for anyone to stop by and enjoy, with or without food.

  • What safety measures are in place there?

    Eat & Seek is a large, outdoor self-seating area with capacity for up to 130+ guests. Housekeeping staff will ensure the area remains clean and sanitized. All visitors are required to follow the most recent Government of Alberta health measures when visiting. Sanitizing wipes will also be available at the area for public use.