This summer, dozens of urban wildlife will be released in the Broadway District and we have local printmaker, Cate Francis, to thank for it. As part of her Paper Wildlife Conservancy (PWC) project, Cate will be releasing over 150 hand drawn and hand printed animals into Saskatoon’s major business districts. Funded by the City of Saskatoon’s Placemaker Program through the promotion of contemporary art practices through temporary public art, PWC is intended to examine the ways urban wildlife and public art positively shape Saskatoon’s community identity. The project highlights that as cities expand, it’s not just humans who are becoming increasingly As PWC’s Chief Conservation Officer, Cate will be monitoring printed animals in their urban habitats throughout the project.
Multiple Broadway businesses, including The Broadway Theatre, St. John’s Music, Rites of Passage, and the Saskatchewan Craft Council, will be called home by Cate’s creatures this summer. Citizens are encouraged to share their urban wildlife sightings on social media platforms using the hashtag #paperwildlife. Cate is currently in the process of releasing her animal population throughout the city. Once this is complete, you can track the animal’s habitats through the PWC map. For further information on PWC, please visit www.paperwildlife.com .