Alongside the location of certain art pieces, a new app is sharing history and facts behind some incredibly talented works of art.
There is now an app Manitobans can download called Winnipeg Public Art Works. It offers art tours, locations to art pieces, and the history and story behind them across the city.
The picture above shows the piece called ‘Bloody Saturday’ created by Bernie Miller and Noam Gonick. It went up in 2019 in the Pantages Plaza.
The description of this particular piece is “the ghost of a trolley tipped in protest rises out of the pavement across from City Hall. It reminds us of a defining moment in Winnipeg’s history to spark dialogue about the complex issues of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.”
Each piece of art found around the city also has a Did you Know? and Can you Guess? sections underneath its description in the app, informing people about historic moments in time as well.
The types of art range from buildings made, to stand-alone pieces, to interactive light and sound displays. There are also functional pieces of art like the bike racks on Broadway which are colourful metal portraits.
Many pieces of art have been created by local artists, but some come from across the ocean. Like the Waterfall #2 placed outside of the Millenium Library that was created in Iceland and then brought to Manitoba by the artist Theresa Himmer.
Right now the app offers four art tours to take people through a series of pieces around Winnipeg.