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Thursday, June 29, 2017

RIDERS UNVEIL STATUE, FAN WALL



The Saskatchewan Roughriders and the City of Regina have unveiled a public art display that enhances Mosaic Stadium. Located in the Northeast commons of Mosaic Stadium, the art installation features a centerpiece statue made of white bronze that reaches a height of 18 feet.  Adjacent to the statue are three “fan walls” which are a tribute to Regina’s community, Rider Nation, the region’s Indigenous heritage and our collective future. Each wall is 20 feet long and each weigh up to 14 tons.  

“Public art is an important part of the fabric of our community,” stated Mayor Michael Fougere. “The statue and fan walls help emphasize that this stadium is a true community gathering place, inclusive to all. This area, along with the rejuvenated Confederation Park, will bring people together and showcase the legacy of this project, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the City of Regina.”

The white bronze statue celebrates football and athletic achievement while recognizing the community that supports the Riders and other teams that call Mosaic Stadium home. It was designed and created by the renowned Fine Art Studio of Rotbaltt-Amrany. Founded by husband and wife team Julie & Omri Amrany, the company has sculpted other iconic sports figures such as Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Vince Lombardi, Gordie Howe, “Magic” Johnson, Harry Caray and many more. 

The artwork on each of the three fan walls represents our never-ending quest for greatness while valuing our sense of togetherness, pride and belonging. The three fan walls feature a granite side engraved with the names of fans who have contributed to the Build The Pride fan wall program. When fully installed, the walls will hold the names of approximately 2,000 fans who will be permanently recognized at Mosaic Stadium. The names on each wall have been specifically positioned to create silhouettes of children, representing the youth of the community.

“This incredible statue and the three fan walls are a direct reflection of our community, our province and our fan base,” said Gregg Sauter, Roughriders Vice Presidnet of Marketing and Business Development. “The artwork unveiled today was made possible through the contributions of Rider Nation and our hope is that this location at Mosaic Stadium will be as much about inspiring future achievement, as it is about reflecting on the past.”

The community fan wall includes images of the Regina community, present and past, which have been etched into granite. The Indigenous wall encompasses both the First Nations and Metis heritage and the buffalo that is integral to their historical way of life, as well as Regina’s history. The future wall, features a fingerprint, embedded into stainless steel, which creates a ripple effect across the evolving physical states of water, representing how each of us leaves our print on the world. In the coming days, local artist, Lionel Peyachew, will be completing the painting of the Indigenous wall.

 “We are so proud to unveil this tribute to our fans and this community.” said Craig Reynolds, Roughriders President and CEO. “We would like to recognize everyone who participated in making a contribution to the Build the Pride Campaign. We would like to specifically thank the Robert Kramer family for their significant contribution to the development of this space and their decades of support for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.”



A plaque will be placed outside of Mosaic Stadium to recognize the Kramer Family contributions.

(Courtesy Ryan Pollock/Roughriders PR)

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone heard whether the new CFL Commissioner will be at the Rider game Saturday. I can't think of anywhere else he would want or need to be!

Bill Salloum said...

I had assumed that space would be the new home of the Plaza of Honour. Any idea where that will wind up?

Anonymous said...

Lot of room in that area and in other places around the stadium Bill. Relax!

Anonymous said...

muamba out...bombers favoured!

Anonymous said...

Very nice addition to an already beautiful stadium. Let's try and enjoy it rather than try and find something wrong with it. My congratulations to the Roughrider organization for all their hard work in making the stadium a reality. We haven't even begun to realize the potential benefits of having this new building in our province. All the best to the organizers of the July 1st celebration. Hopefully we are treated to a great football game this weekend and hundreds of great events in the years to come.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of public art. But this seems like a bit of an odd place for an indigenous memorial. How many indigenous players have the Riders had? Wouldn't there be a better place around town for this?

And why not memorialize a famous Rider player/event? Lancaster handing off the ball to Reed, or Ridgway's kick?

I have to wonder if this was driven by politics.

Anonymous said...

Axe the plaza of honor. Don't they already have a perimeter name ring inside the stadium honoring past players?

@mrt_man said...

Easier to get grants this way.

Anonymous said...

Perimeter ring honours the 4 Rider players who died in the plane crash in 1956 and Reed, Lancaster, Aldag and Ridgeway (The Royals).

Anonymous said...

Times are a changing, biggest home opener in Saskatchewan Roughrider history and the Rider's still have tickets available in club seating! The MMG is no more,CTV Regina have reduced sports to a Rider story and token non Rider story. No WMBL highlights, no local sports coverage WTF!!!

Anonymous said...

You people do know the stadium was built on indigenous land? Kudos to the riders for embracing their neighbourhood. No matter how many great things they do there is always ignorance and complaining.

Anonymous said...

that's life

Anonymous said...

We still got Tiffany on the 5 with up to date weather reports.

Anonymous said...

Let's see_ Neil Hughes indigenous, that guy from Manitoba last year_ indigenous. A few more men have played for Roughriders indigenous... is there a stat man available who keeps track of such_ actually Anonymous ...GFY, it's Treaty 4 Territory.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't meyers's yqr sports supposed to focus on local stuff? Looks like it hasn't been updated since rider camp.

Anonymous said...

Reynolds doesn't seem to understand it's time to cut the BS and give us a winner.

Anonymous said...

gawd it's fugly.

Anonymous said...

OK, so 3 indigenous players. Good! (And I don't mean that sarcastically.) But a monument based on 3 non-star players? Really? If that is the threshold, then we're going to be covered in monuments to everything.

And just because it's Treaty 4 land doesn't make it any more special than any of the rest of Southern Saskatchewan. Treaty 4 land was ceded. Like I said, there are lots of appropriate places for an indigenous monument. But I haven't yet heard any reasons why this is one of them. And I won't bow to the "GFY" outrage machine. If you can convince me using reasons, then fine. But let's have a reasonable conversation. If "GFY" were the only mode by which people could advocate for indigenous monuments, then I would have to question the validity of such monuments in the first place.

Anonymous said...

You gotta love white people.

Anonymous said...

Im all for public art, but this seems an odd place for a "future wall". I mean we are living in the present, and nobody knows what the future holds, so Id question the validity of that monument being erected in the first place......

That's how you sound, except more racist.