These 26-metre metal “trees” became one of the most controversial structures ever erected in a public space in Alberta. Commissioned by Bankers Hall, the structures are actually the vestiges of what was intended to be an enclosed galleria – an extension of the mall. Instead, they are widely accepted as a public art project – commonly thought to have been designed to help reduce wind gusts along the downtown corridor.
Gulf Canada Square makes a cameo appearance in Superman III, which was filmed largely in Calgary. The Man of Steel also flies past the Calgary Tower, uses a photobooth outside Bow Valley Square and has drinks in the bar at the St. Louis Hotel, former Mayor Ralph Klein’s favourite watering hole.