Artists give Yorkton community a ‘hug’ with unique snow sculpture

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YORKTON – Two artists shared their unique art with the residents of Yorkton, hoping to bring joy to the community.

Earlier this year, the Snow Art team – consisting of Theressa Wright and Terry Ouellette – sculpted a large “Saskatoon Hug” in their front yard in Bridge City.

After seeing the project on Twitter, the City of Yorkton decided they needed a hug as well.

“The inspiration was something like ours. I never do anything twice, so it had to be something different, but have the same kind of feel,” Wright said.

It took him about 40 hours to come up with the design for Yorkton, which is called “Huggable”.

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A sketch of what Wright’s sculpture in Yorkton will look like. (Provided: Snow Art)

Lisa Washington, community development manager for the city of Yorkton, said the community could use a hug to get through the pandemic and this frosty February.

The project was made possible through funding. The Yorkton Community Development, Parks and Recreation Department received a community grant from Sask Lotteries and support from the Parkland Valley Sports, Culture and Recreation District.

The sculpture is under construction in City Center Park off Broadway Street, where it will be visible from the street to avoid overcrowding for public health reasons.

“We wanted it to be a place that people could easily see, so this is Yorkton’s main thoroughfare,” Washington said.

Washington said his placement is also set back enough to deter vandalism, as they want to see him for as long as possible.

Washington added that she hopes the article will help bring the community together while getting people excited for the winter.

Wright agreed, she said the winter after vacation can drag on, with little to wait until spring.

“It brings people out of their homes in the dead of winter, when we like to stay indoors where it’s warm,” Wright said.

Wright said people wanted to hang out but didn’t know how to do it safely, and the hug in their backyard saw a lot of visitors coming.

A professional sculptor for 27 years, Wright has created art all over the world. Washington said she was excited to bring some culture to the city

“They took an idea and made something of it and people are going to take great joy in it,” Washington said.

The eight-foot-tall piece of art is slated for completion on February 18.


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