(Launch Time by Mel Bolen, Charley Farrero, Michael Hosaluk, Sean Whalley)
Saskatoon's permanent collection numbers 40 outdoor works of art, most of which were acquired by donation. Several major pieces were commissioned and purchased with funding from the Government of Canada as a result of Saskatoon being named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2006.
For more information, contact the City's Arts and Culture Consultant at 306-657-8671.
Upcoming Public Art Project - "The Coming Spring"
“The Coming Spring,” by Canadian artist, Gordon Reeve, was commissioned by the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the City of Saskatoon, with funding from the Government of Canada. Its creation is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, No. 79: educating and creating a sense of shared awakening. This 27-foot tall arch and two spires, is constructed entirely of stainless steel that will reflect the sun and moon. The longer 47-foot spire, pointing north, symbolically represents the First Nations long history. The 39-foot spire, pointing south, symbolically represents the history of the Métis Nation. Both are anchored in the earth.
Mr. Reeve’s concept was selected from a list of three finalists by a group of stakeholders that included residential school survivors, First Nations and Métis Elders. This recommendation was reviewed and unanimously approved by the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee. Saskatoon City Council and the Meewasin Valley Authority Board of Directors have approved the installation of this artwork in Victoria Park. The artwork was installed in May 2018 and will be officially unveiled during a special ceremony on June 20, 2018, as a symbol of reconciliation.
Since 2015, the City has been working with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Métis Federation Inc., Office of the Treaty Commission, and other community groups, leaders, and institutions in Saskatchewan, to promote reconciliation.
The City, in collaboration with the Business Improvement Districts, manages the Placemaker Program to add significance to civic spaces through temporary public art. These temporary exhibits transform public spaces and engage with audiences to promote an appreciation for contemporary art practices. All artwork is considered annually and selected by the Public Art Advisory Committee. Artists can submit any medium. Preference is given to submissions by emerging artists and pieces that reflect Saskatoon's unique sense of place through its people, history, culture, or landscape.
For more information, contact Liz Hoffman, Urban Design, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Placemaker Projects
- We are the River by Susan Shantz and Barbara Reimer, Downtown & Riversdale
This art project aims to highlight the vital connection between Saskatoon residents and the South Saskatchewan River. Photos of people holding statements about their personal and collective relationship with the river have been taken at various events throughout the summer and are being displayed on billboards in the downtown and Riversdale areas, as well as on social media.
- Untitled by Emmanuel Jarus, First Nations Bank (224 - 4th Avenue South)
The concept of this aerosol mural was developed in collaboration with the Yellow Quill First Nation, who owns the building.
- Missaskwatoomina View by Erin Siddall and Sean Arden, originally located at River Landing
A large-scale camera obscura that projects images onto a screen inside a 20-foot shipping container. This temporary art installation invites participants to take part in a slow, engaged viewing experience that reflects on the varied histories of the area. These histories include those of the Northern Plains Indigenous peoples, the fur trade, the arrival of settlers and colonists, contentious bridge crossings, the transport of goods, and the changing cultural landscape of Riversdale.
- River and Sky a collaboration project by artists Tony Stallard, Joseph Naytowhaw and Kenneth T. Williams, Saskatchewan Craft Council (813 Broadway Avenue)
This contemporary urban light sculpture features Cree syllabics that can be translated to ‘sîpiy mîna kîsik’ meaning River and Sky. The intention of River and Sky was to create a poetic site-specific artwork that reflects the sacred and ritualistic space of Treaty 6. The artwork connects to the Treaty relationship referencing “as long as the river flows, the grass grows and the sun shines.” These words remind us this is a permanent relationship and that the Treaty is meant to live for generations and generations. The sculpture also embodies the historic importance of the Elders’ meeting place near the river, and as a contemporary location to gather, meet, and socialize. This is a ‘sister work’ to Land of the Berries, currently installed on the north-facing wall of the Persephone Theatre.
2016 Placemaker Projects
- Birdo, River Reflection, River Landing
- Craig Campbell, Priscilla, Queen of the Prairies, Broadway
- Heike Fink, Catch YOUR Dream, 33rd Street
- Cate Francis, The Paper Wildlife Conservancy, throughout all BIDs
- Jason Gress, Coming Soon (Stoon), Broadway & Downtown
- Darren Gowan, The Bison Are Coming Home, Sutherland
- Josh Jacobson, Habitual Synthesis, Downtown
- Jeremy Tsang, An Eastern Dream of the West, Riversdale
Archive Placemaker Program Portfolio
On March 10, 2017 the City unveiled its 20th Anniversary Placemaker Artwork Catalogue! This catalogue showcases the collection of temporary public artworks that were part of the City's Placemaker Program from 1994 to 2015. It is available online and at every Saskatoon Public Library branch.
Summary by Jinzhe Cui
66 Physiognomies by Jinzhe Cui
Der Vogelhandler by Mark Prier
Der Vogelhandler by Mark Prier
The Faces by Adrian Bica and Dimitri Karopoulos
Like a Rolling Stone - Be Part of Art by Heike Fink
We Are All Linked by Monique Martin
Cacher pour mieux montrer by Sans façon
Found Compressions One & Two by Keeley Haftner
The City, in partnership with the Riversdale Business Improvement District, invited artists to submit proposals to create works of art for the 20th Street West traffic signal cabinets. Proposals were submitted for new work, in any appropriate media, to enhance the traffic cabinets and enliven public space along 20th Street West. Innovative proposals were high-quality and original, from emerging and established artists that interpreted the importance of Riversdale’s past, present and future. Please see the Request for Proposals for more information.
To see an example of one of the completed cabinets, drawn and painted by artist Jinzhe Cui, please click here.
Commemorations and Monuments
A commemoration is the honouring of the memory of a person, place, event, or idea. Generally speaking, commemorations are public, tangible and of significant interest or meaning to residents of Saskatoon. In 2013, Saskatoon City Council adopted a comprehensive policy to govern requests for commemorative art, statues, and monuments in Saskatoon.
Individuals and organizations interested in funding, designing and donating a public commemoration or monument are strongly encouraged to first read the Step by Step Guide to Commemorations in Saskatoon and then contact the City's Arts and Culture Consultant at 306-657-8671.