New Public Art Installation – As Long As The Grass Grows

The City and the Riversdale Business Improvement District are pleased to announce that a new sculpture titled “For As Long As The Grass Grows” will be installed in late September on the 20the West Street to Avenue B South. The new sculpture will contribute to the city’s growing collection of public art and serve to strengthen and enrich emerging culture in the Riversdale area.

The public is invited to learn more about the sculpture and to meet Tony Stallard and Joseph Naytowhow at an artist talk on Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Persephone Theatre, along with other artists who will be performing after the talk.

According to artists Tony Stallard and Joseph Naytowhow, this new sculpture in stainless steel, bronze and granite “serves as a reminder of the past but also invites individuals to look forward and appreciate the natural gifts that surround us such as the sun, the ‘grass and rivers’.

To learn more about the City’s Public Art Program and/or to browse the collection, visit saskatoon.ca/publicart.

Artist biographies

Stallard Sculptures is an international company combining their significant experience in public art management, fabrication, installation and creative knowledge for large scale site specific sculptures. His works are site-specific sculptures, involving design systems that respond to properties he discovers while researching and developing concepts for each commission. He has a full professional experience of 35 years in the creation of public works of art. Through these projects I have conducted research and development within architectural and engineering practices and been involved in design collaborations with planners and councils in the UK, Europe and for several years abroad in Canada and the United States.

Joseph Naytowhow is an award-winning interdisciplinary Nehiyaw (Cree) plains and woodland artist from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation band in Saskatchewan. His generosity and compassion for sharing cultural knowledge makes him a much sought-after speaker, performer, facilitator and outdoor educator for adults and children locally, regionally and internationally. A longtime resident of Saskatoon, he has been playing music and telling stories, big and short, for over 35 years. In addition to his busy schedule of performances, festivals, workshops and residencies, he has served as a cultural advisor to various institutions such as the Indian Teacher Training Program in Saskatoon and several universities across Turtle Island. . Joseph holds a Bachelor of Education from the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP). He is happy to share his creative life experience, coyote trickster tendencies and cultural knowledge when invited to do so.

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