Installation of “The Coming Spring” Reconciliation Commemorative Artwork Begins Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Victoria Park
Starting Wednesday, May 9, through Friday, May 11, a portion of Victoria Park (near Spadina Crescent West, between Avenues D and E South) will be fenced off to allow for installation of “The Coming Spring” Where Our Paths Cross Reconciliation Commemorative Artwork.
“The Coming Spring,” by Canadian artist Gordon Reeve, was commissioned by the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the City, 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.
The artwork is a 27-foot tall arch with two spires constructed entirely of stainless steel that will reflect the sun and moon. The spires, pointing north and south, symbolically represent the long histories of the First Nations and the Métis Nation. Suspended high on each spire will be moving tube-shaped chimes. These simple wind chimes will produce both a rustling sound and bell-like sound as they move with the wind.
An unveiling ceremony is planned for Wednesday, June 20, 2018.