Celebrated for its scenic river valley, beautiful Meewasin trails, wealth of excellent restaurants, constant construction, and rambunctious panhandlers, the downtown core is undoubtedly the semiprecious stone in Saskatoon’s not-yet-sold-off crown. In recent years, downtown has become a prominent site for a surprising amount permanent and non-permanent public art, which here will be unsystematically ranked. Note: Titles of art pieces will be provided for those which were not obviously displayed or we just simply didn’t notice. Note 2: Saskatoon’s downtown has a major imbalance in its male/female statue ratios. Hopefully this is noted in any of the city’s future art installation plans.
27. “PRAIRIE WIND”
artists: Jyhling Lee + Paul Koopman
This piece was commissioned by the City to be “a natural draw and an interesting feature that could be a focus for this area.” The winning proposal were these big, rigid, white telephone poles that are supposed to emulate “the experience of watching a field of tall grass swaying in the wind.” If this looks like grass swaying in the wind, then my garage door opening looks like the blooming of a lily.