Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park

This inspiring new park in downtown Winnipeg invites visitors to interact with stories of the Fort’s past through sculpture, audio, video, web and mobile technologies. As a member of the park’s larger design team, Pattern led the design and technical execution of several of the park’s most innovative features.

Categories

  • Client Work
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Installations
  • Mobile Applications
  • Video / Motion
  • Websites

A canvas as soft as steel

A unique solution for a unique place

400 feet long and up to 13 feet high, the Heritage Wall consists of three layers of plasma-cut weathering steel that combine to create beautiful illustrations of symbols that tell the history of Upper Fort Garry. Pattern helped with the design in 2012, with the majority of the art finalized in late 2013.

Heritage Wall installation, Birth of Winnipeg plasma cut illustrationExchange district architectural details

LEDs cast a new light on old stories

7000+ LEDs form a unique video screen

As the park’s Technical Lead, Pattern managed the planning, design and technical execution of the LED “pixels” being housed in the Heritage Wall. These lights form a coarse screen for unique animation and video that will further enhance the inspired stories being communicated.

LEDs above Boreal forest symbol, Interactive Steel WallLEDs fill 1000s of holes drilled in the wall's surface
"Historically, the wall would have been the Fort's most important feature, and from this day forward it will play an equally important role by conveying the history and significance of Upper Fort Garry." — Jerry Gray, Friends of Upper Fort Garry

Interactivity

A magical immersive experience

Pattern is creating a Disney-like user experience for visitors to immerse themselves in the past using modern technology. Visitors will be able to trigger audio visual moments in Manitoba’s history using motion sensors and the mobile app to bring the 400-foot long wall and the park to life.

Mobile Application

Buffalo Hunt symbol in mobile app (tablet)

History in hand

The free Upper Fort Garry app for iOS and Android provides a GPS-enabled guide that contextualizes the illustrated stories cut into the steel of the Heritage Wall.

The app includes details about on-site Points of Interest and Stories about important events that occurred at the Fort over the years. Archival imagery and links to further reading complete the experience. Pattern also helped plan and execute the installation of free public Wi-Fi at the park, which will be launched in the near future.

Website

Mobile friendly and informative

The Upper Fort Garry website was initially designed to be a primarily educational resource. Pattern is working with the Friends of Upper Fort Garry to convert it to a comprehensive, user friendly guide to help visitors learn about Manitoba’s history.

The website provides visitors with maps and background information on Upper Fort Garry. An extensive library and Resources section offers an excellent collection of audio/visual media resources for research into the history of Upper Fort Garry and Manitoba. Archival imagery and links to further reading complete the experience. Pattern also helped plan and execute the installation of free public Wi-Fi at the park, which will be launched in the near future.

Upper Fort Garry's website

Video Documentary

Stunning visuals tell the story of the etched steel. Pattern documented the detailed construction and specialized installation of the Heritage Wall, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the park’s key feature.