June 29, 2017 – 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.
The Riders posted this on Instagram which gives a good look at the statues!