News Roundup: Big Public Art Updates, Galleries on the Move and More – Canadian Art

by ahnationtalk on June 20, 2019185 Views

A new public artwork commemorating the 1919 General Strike in Winnipeg is about to be unveiled, Edmonton’s Indigenous art park has won a prestigious international honour and a new public installation in Toronto honours missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read on for all the details

There’s a new public artwork in Winnipeg dedicated to the Bloody Saturday of the city’s 1919 General Strike. The artwork will be revealed on June 21, the 100th anniversary of Bloody Saturday. On that date 100 years ago, WWI veterans were protesting the arrest of strike leaders. Next, “a streetcar driven into the crowd by strikebreakers was rocked off its tracks and torched, triggering the deaths of two protesters and the hospitalization of 27 others at the hands of mounted police and private militia.” The new public artwork by Bernie Miller and Noam Gonick is a “a steel and glass ghost of the original trolley—tipped and sunken into the pavement adjacent to the Main Street site of the incident.” (press release)

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