Saskatchewan will become the permanent home of one of 13 unique works of art representing Canadian provinces and territories that have been created in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The exhibit of larger-than-life artistic horticulture structures, covered in live plants and flowers, are part of a larger Canada 150 exhibition that opens July 1 at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec.
The Saskatchewan-themed work of art is a depiction of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer dressed in Red Serge, on a horse. The structures were designed to reflect the values, culture and arts associated with each Canadian province and territory.
“This art work is an ideal representation for Saskatchewan and a creative way to celebrate an important milestone in our country’s history,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Christine Tell said. “The symbolic nature of the art illustrates the important role the RCMP has played in the growth and history of Canada and our province.”
The horse and rider stand more than 14 feet tall and 14 feet long, with the lance held by the rider rising nearly 20 feet into the air. The metal structure is decorated with more than 13,000 plants and flowers, including dragon’s breath, black mondo grass, carex and santolina.
“Since its formation in 1873, the RCMP has been closely associated with Saskatchewan, especially its role in training cadets for service in communities across the country,” RCMP Heritage Centre CEO Marty Klyne said. “It’s only fitting that as a national icon, the RCMP Horse and Rider has been chosen to represent our province on this special anniversary for Canada.”
The horse and rider will be transported to Saskatchewan following the Gatineau exhibition, with arrangements being made for a permanent home where it will be put on display for public viewing.