From Left to Right City Councillor John Mather, Mayor Gale Katchur, Shirley and Don Begg, Shepherd Kathy Playdon and City Councillor Stew Hennig. Photo by Tony Stacey
The City of Fort Saskatchewan officially unveiled 2 new public art projects Saturday afternoon with a crowd gathering at the Pocket Park on 102nd street.

Mayor Gale Katchur first revealed painted benches, completed by art students from Pope John Paul ll and Fort High. 5 Benches will be placed throughout the downtown area for residents to see and enjoy.  The students took an artistic approach to various themes from favourite candy to places they want to travel.

Mayor Katchur spoke about the benches that will be on display.



The 2nd unveiling was a much anticipated art piece that will be permanent fixture downtown for years to come.  

A bronze sheep statue was revealed to commemorate 20 years of the Sheep Grazing Program.  The statue is named "Olive" after the longest serving member of the sheep herd, whom retired last year to a local farm.

 Shepherd Kathy Playdon explained more about the Sheep Grazing Program and Olive.



Olive was created and sculpted by Don and Shirley Begg of Studio West in Cochrane, AB.  Don has been making sculptures for over 30 years and he talked about the process of creating Olive.



Here's video from Saturday's unveiling: