It’s going to be a fun, informative time commemorating the great cyclone of 1912 in downtown Regina Saturday morning.
Regina’s Warehouse Business Improvement District is celebrating the installation of Whirling Debris, a sculpture created by three artists — Emerson Ziffle, Laurel Bailey and Brian Kirby.
The piece is described by the three as showcasing “stories and impressive moments that happened as a result of the 1912 tornado.” According to Ziffle, Bailey and Kirby, “the images swirl around with random length of angle iron in a precarious fashion to suggest the awesome power of Mother Nature.”
Whirling Debris is the newest and final Tornado Legacy art piece in the neighbourhood, which was commissioned by a local group with the same name.
The Tornado Legacy Group, a non-profit organization created in honour of the 100th anniversary of the historic 1912 cyclone, was formed back in 2012. The group is made up of the Regina’s Warehouse Business Improvement District, Regina Downtown Business Improvement District and the Regina Plains Museum.
After coming together, the Tornado Legacy Group went on to commission artists to design various sculptures and murals as a tribute to the role it played in shaping Regina’s history, which is how Whirling Debris came to fruition.
A brief Tornado Legacy program and ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 10 a.m., and is followed by a guided hour-long Jane’s Walk of the tornado’s destructive path in Regina’s Warehouse District area.