Cool Cross

big red sandbags forks“What in the world is that?” I said to my friend Wendy as we walked off the Esplanade Riel on the Provencher Bridge. A sign nearby told us we were looking at an art piece called Big Red. It is a part of the Cool Gardens series of artworks found around the city. This one was made by a Saskatchewan design collaborative and artist Mark Bauche. 

big redThe cool cross is placed near the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and creates an X to mark a spot where people can come together. First Nations People came together for centuries where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet to trade and socialize with each other.

cool garden sculptureBecause the X is made of red sandbags it is also a reminder of how people have come together frequently in the past to make sandbag barricades during the flooding of Manitoba’s rivers.  A cool cross indeed. 

Other posts…….

What is Cool? 

Looking Cool the Inuit Way

Cool Stuff Outside the Art Gallery

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