Placing artwork in our everyday environment sparks community participation in the building of our public spaces; encourages citizens to take pride in public cultural expression; and creates a forum to address themes and issues.
Public art can transform a community into a more welcoming and beautiful environment that invites interaction.
Beyond beautifying and adding inspiration to our community, public art is a true symbol of a city’s cultural vitality.
Downtown Public Art
The City of Fort Saskatchewan's Downtown Public Art program cultivates, connects and encourages a community rich in artistic and cultural opportunities and to breathe creativity and life into the heart of our downtown.
Fort on the Saskatchewan
Artist: Doug Driediger
Location: 100 Avenue and 102 Street
The Mural depicts the story of Fort Saskatchewan. A story of a fort on the North Saskatchewan River beginning with Aboriginal peoples, explorers, and fur traders. By 1874, the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) built Sturgeon Creek Post, which came to be called Fort Saskatchewan. Settlers followed and stayed to establish commerce, trade, and industry. Still on the site of the original fort, Fort Saskatchewan has become a thriving city, proud to honour its original settlers with this mural.
Artist: Don Begg
Location: 102 Street, north of 99 Avenue
Over twenty years of the wildly popular Sheep Grazing Program in Fort Saskatchewan is now enshrined in a new bronze sheep statue fondly named “Olive” after the longest serving member of the grazing crew who was retired to farm life after the 2012 season.
Artist: Don Begg
Location: 104 Street, between 99 Avenue and 100 Avenue
The Babysitter is a life-sized bronze sculpture of a sheep dog guarding his lamb. The sculpture can be found in Lion's Park on 103 Street between 100 and 99 Avenue. The children in the City of Fort Saskatchewan helped us to name the sheep dog and the lamb. Katelyn named the dog "Mountie" as he helps to keep the sheep in line just like the North West Mounted Police did in 1875. Parker named the lamb "Muriel" after the first female mayor in Fort Saskatchewan and in Celtic it means sweet and adorable.
Artist: Don Begg
Location: 100 Avenue, just west of 101 Street
The life-sized bronze statue of Inspector Jarvis is located in the Historic Precinct overlooking the 1875-1885 North West Mounted Police Fort. Inspector Jarvis was to find the perfect spot for a new NWMP Fort. And he chose the new site about 30 kilometres downstream near the junction of the Sturgeon and North Saskatchewan rivers. The fort, originally named Sturgeon Creek Post, was soon changed to Fort Saskatchewan.
Acres of Dreams
Artist: Don and Shirley Begg
Acres of Dreams is a life-sized bronze statue of a family arriving off the train in Fort Saskatchewan in 1910. The statue captures the hopes and dreams of settlers arriving to start their new life. Funding for the statue is provided by the Government of Canada.
City Hall Public Art
Since 2009, the City of Fort Saskatchewan has been actively involved in purchasing and installing public art throughout the City of Fort Saskatchewan. Our City Hall provides us with opportunities to purchase and to display the work of local Alberta artists. Public art helps to promote cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality by integrating the work of artists into public places. Public art has been recognized as a significant tool for building livable cities, for urban beautification and for economic development. It makes public spaces attractive and interesting resulting in benefits for both residents and visitors.
Artist: Keith Walker - Glass Artist, Blow in the Dark
Inspired by how ideas spread or propagate and how many lives we intentionally and unintentionally affect as a result. A 'ripple' effect occurs as our communication changes and sometimes breaks down as it spreads wildly.
This installation of hand blown glass spheres is symbolic of propagation of an idea that changes each time it is re-told. Each is independent and unique in shape, size and colour, illustrating a reinterpretation of the original idea as seen by an individual. Together they represent a community consensus of that idea.
Artist: William Johnson
This steel sculpture captures the flight of an eagle soaring over an unpopulated area of the North Saskatchewan River near Fort Saskatchewan.
Artist: Bill Frymire
A colourful, glass tile mural in front of City Hall pays tribute to the ebb and flow of the North Saskatchewan River.
Artist: David Shkolny
Open Road is an acrylic painting that depicts a rural road converging into the distance among lush fields near Fort Saskatchewan.