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Searching for Sculptures

Searching for Sculptures

I find it very interesting to see what type of sculptures can be found around towns and cities. The giant wheat sheaves above are along the highway near the town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Since wheat is a very important crop here on the prairies, it seems appropriate that it would be well represented here.

painted treeThis, and others like it, are situated around Candy Cane Park. To me, they look like something from the world of Dr. Seuss.

conexus sculptureHere’s one that resides in the local Arts Centre. My husband and I had tickets for the Regina Symphony tribute to Pink Floyd in May, but it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 ban on large gatherings. I think the Arts Centre is a fitting place for this modern sculpture.

tornado sculptureThis sculpture commemorates the 1912 tornado that ripped through Regina. You can read about it here. It remains the deadliest tornado in Canadian history, and along with the riots of the dirty thirties, was a traumatic event in Regina’s history. The Wikipedia link also relates the story of Boris Karloff’s connection to the tornado. He was left stranded and broke in the city, when the theatre troupe he traveled with disbanded.

And finally, cemeteries contain many beautiful sculptures, but unfortunately, some have not stood the test of time. I’ve posted photos of many impressive memorials at our city’s oldest cemetery, but haven’t previously posted these.

Historical Survey

Historical Survey

The Saskatchewan plains were home to the nomadic First Nations people before the arrival of Europeans to the area.

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Englishman, Henry Kelsey is the first documented European to enter Saskatchewan in 1690, twenty years after England claimed the territory for the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1868, Rupert’s Land and the Northwest Territories were transferred from the Hudson’s Bay Company to the Dominion of Canada, after which the Canadian government set about devising guidelines for the settlement of the province.

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The prairies were soon surveyed and divided into quarter sections (160 acre plots) that were offered for only $10.00 to families and individuals prepared to live on, and farm the land.¬†Millions from around the world flocked to the Canadian prairies to take advantage of these land grants. Other lands were set aside for schools, railway lines, and townships. The Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association placed this marker which contains documents and accounts of this fertile land’s history, scheduled to be revealed in another 48 years, Canada’s 200th anniversary.

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The plaque says, “When we mean to build, we first survey the plot…” – Shakespeare
Members of
Saskatchewan
Land Surveyors
Association
Here assembled on 29th March, 1968, have deposited documents and historical material for retrieval and examination on Canada’s anniversary in year 2067.

In this land of magnificent vistas and great promise we caught a vision of the future as we surveyed the townsites, townships, roads, rights of way and established the legal boundaries and basis for greater developments in the future.

We salute our successors who with improved instruments and techniques will lead the way to greater developments.

“Thou shalt not remove the neighbor’s land-marks which they of old times have set in thine inheritance.” Deuteronomy 19:14

This monument was designed and constructed by Wascana Centre Authority for the Government of Saskatchewan.”

(Photos were taken in various locations in Wascana Park, Regina, Saskatchewan, depicting the history of the prairies.)

In Remembrance

In Remembrance

7CFB87A3-99F6-4B48-9D92-B755FA905DA6These memorials have been erected in different parts of the city, and commemorate the sacrifices made by the soldiers in the first and second world wars.

This memorial honours Saskatchewan sailors.

The plaque below, to recognize the many war brides that made Canada their home after WWI and WWII.

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The plaque reads: “The Saskatchewan War Brides Association – This plaque is dedicated to honour the war brides of WWI and WWII who married Canadian servicemen in a theatre of war and were brought to Canada by the Canadian government between 1945 and 1947. Approximately 48,000 brides and 22,000 children came from the British Isles and Western Europe to settle in every province of this great country. Many came to Saskatchewan adding to the rich mosaic of Canadian life on the prairies. Vos Salutams”

LEST WE FORGET

A Day With the Dinosaurs

A Day With the Dinosaurs

This post contains links with more information, in case you’re interested.

You may not be familiar with the Alberta town of Drumheller. The community lies in the spectacular Alberta badlands with the layered hills rising out of the Red Deer Valley. The nearby other-worldly looking Hoodoos of the area attract thousands of hikers and visitors each year.

Another popular stop is the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology which houses countless fossils.
Our tour took place while on the road from Calgary to Kindersley.
Dinosaurs are everywhere here!
Street corners…

Street signs…
drum 3In front of public buildings…
drum 5drum 10drum 7drum 6Murals… (This one is particularly interesting. The background is full of historical photos.)
drum 11And even the “World’s Largest Dinosaur” is here, with stairs leading to the viewing area in its mouth. This model T-Rex is four times bigger than the real thing.
drum 12And yet another giant model nearby.
drum 13Along with the dinosaurs, tours of the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site are popular. Drumheller had quite a wild past. Find out more about that here.