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Martensville floats canoe sculpture

The City of Martensville is adding another piece to its public art collection this spring.
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 15, Martensville City Council approved a three-year lease agreement for a sculpture by Saskatchewan sculptor Kevin Quinlan to be set up in Kinsmen Park. The 12-foot-long welded-steel rebar sculpture, entitled “Paddle Your Own Canoe” features a life-size depiction of a person in a canoe. Continue reading “Martensville floats canoe sculpture”

Iconic statue finds a home in Martensville

Ches Burns (left) and Sebastian Gauthier install “The Runner” by the late Bill Epp at the entrance to the Martensville Athletic Pavilion on Wednesday, October 21
Ches Burns (left) and Sebastian Gauthier install “The Runner” by the late Bill Epp at the entrance to the Martensville Athletic Pavilion on Wednesday, October 21

A statue by the late Bill Epp, an internationally-respected artist with roots in the Martensville area, has found a new home.
“The Runner” was cast by Epp in 1988, and for many years was one of several distinctive statues on outdoor display at the artist’s acreage at 13-Mile Corner (the intersection of Highway 12 and 305). Earlier this year, the Epp family made the decision to donate the statue to the City of Martensville as a way of beautifying the community and honouring the artist’s memory.
On Wednesday, October 21, the statue was installed on a concrete base near the entrances to the Martensville Athletic Pavilion (MAP) and the new Martensville High School.
Sebastian Gauthier, Bill Epp’s grandson and a well-known sculptor in his own right, said the family wanted to share the work with the larger community.
“This is the 20th anniversary of my grandpa, Bill Epp’s, passing,” said Gauthier. “We wanted to share some of his work with the community. This is where he lived until his passing.
“It was my grandma’s idea,” Gauthier continued. “She’s actually in the hospital at the moment with a very serious illness, so were trying to get this done for the community, but also for her as a way of keeping her memory alive as well by making a donation.”
Gauthier, along with Ches Burns of Worldsson Developments, prepared the base for the 150-pound bronze statue and bolted it down after transporting it from the nearby acreage. Gauthier said the site is ideal for a statue that incorporates the beauty of physical activity.
“It’s a little dated fashion-wise,” said Gauthier. “But I think the statue is aging well. She doesn’t have sophisticated sports gear, but I think she symbolizes the idea that physical activity is for everyone.”
Epp’s other well-known statues in Saskatoon include the “Spirit of Youth” on Spadina Crescent; the Gabriel Dumont statue at the base of the Broadway Bridge; and the Girl with Dog in front of Victoria School.
Gauthier’s work includes the “Spirit of Alliance” statue commemorating the War of 1812 at River Landing.