The MacKenzie announces selected design for Transformative Landscapes public artwork installation

The MacKenzie announces selected design for Transformative Landscapes public artwork installation

May 24, 2018

After months of anticipation, the MacKenzie Art Gallery is pleased to announce the chosen design for the Transformative Landscapes public sculpture. Kâkikê / Forever by Omaskêko Ininiwak artist Duane Linklater will be installed on the façade of the Gallery’s T.C. Douglas building in Wascana Park beginning on May 24, 2018. The Gallery is situated within Treaty Four territory, the traditional territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Assiniboine and Metis, and a home to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people.

“The MacKenzie is committed to transformative experiences of the world through art,” explains Anthony Kiendl, Executive Director and CEO of the MacKenzie, “This monumental artwork contributes to this goal in an unprecedented way. The project represents the most ambitious and significant contribution to public art in Regina in recent memory. It is also an important addition to the oeuvre of one of Canada’s most compelling artists — Duane Linklater.”

“The work functions in many ways — as a visual experience that will change throughout the day and year, as poetry written in the sky, and as a social statement. We are elated by the creation of this project.” Kiendl continues, “Special acknowledgement is due to the project’s core funders: The Government of Canada, The City of Regina, and an anonymous donor through the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, as well as all the individuals who contributed such hard work to its realization. I thank everyone for their efforts.”

Linklater’s most significant public artwork to date, Kâkikê / Forever is a text-based, site-specific work that responds to various aspects of its location. Drawing from unattributed Indigenous words spoken during the making of treaties: “As long as the sun shines, the river flows, and the grass grows”, Kâkikê / Forever poetically reflects Canada’s conflicted past, charged present, and future (post) colonial imaginary.

“What is suggested in this phrase is the passage of time, or the duration of how long these treaty agreements and relationships will last.” Says Duane Linklater. “ These words act as an entrance into the conceptual frameworks Indigenous people were/are using when articulating a new and potentially mutually beneficial relationship with settlers.” And he continues, “ I hope this work can speak this way, and more to the audiences of the Mackenzie Art Gallery. ”

Linklater is contributing a portion of his fee to a local Indigenous women’s shelter, W.I.S.H., Wichihik Iswewak Safe House.

For more information about the piece, the artist, and the project, please visit: mackenziepublicart.ca