Riverfront Path Art
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In 2006, Saskatoon was designated a Cultural Capital of Canada.
One facet of the Cultural Capitals of Canada Program is the Public Arts Component, and the grant funding has allowed the City of Saskatoon to expand and develop new sites for public art. Many Public Art projects are in the works. The most involved site occurs within River Landing with art installations, interpretive research, tree grate placement, and the Market Square Development.
Cut-out of Time
In December 2006, calls for submissions were distributed to invite “Expressions of Interest” to design, fabricate, and install an artistic interpretive element that reflects the significance of the river to Saskatoon’s development. On March 26, 2007, City Council approved the purchase of the “Cut-out of Time” interpretative element by Elizabeth Yonza for tentative placement on the north side of the Riverfront path beneath the Traffic Bridge.
On November 14, 2007, Launch Time, a site-specific public art installation at River Landing, was unveiled. The ceremony kicked-off Exposed: A Forum for New Public Art, a three-day civic event in celebration of recent public art in Saskatoon.
Created by Prairie Design Group, a collective of four Saskatchewan artists, Launch Time is designed to engage the community, spark imagination, and encourage conversation on the role and purpose of public art.
The Design Group noted that “the work is evocative and playful, so that perceptions change and curiosity builds as the viewers move around the piece. Launch Time complements other aspects of the River Landing development, helping to make it a unique community space for all to enjoy.”
Launch Time was commissioned by the Saskatchewan Arts Board as a Cultural Capital of Canada project celebrating the City of Saskatoon’s Centennial.