May 6, 2020 – Downtown Saskatoon has become a more colourful place. When you come #BACKDOWNTOWN, you’ll see that our skyline family has grown!

With the winter street decorations removed, as we step into spring, the addition of our brand new street banners will be sure to delight. This project is not possible in such great numbers without the support of the City of Saskatoon’s Urban Design Department. Working with Station Studios through DTNYXE’s Saskatoon Business College student-mentor program, Kathy Kirzinger‘s design is perfect. The banners scream our colourful seasonal presence, state fun reasons for being Downtown, and subtly share the icons of our skyline (Bessborough, Midtown, Remai Modern, and St. John’s Cathedral). See for yourself, as you stroll through the district and tag us in your pics so we can share to our social feeds!

And while you’re at it, get up close and personal with our skyline! The first of many Downtown Saskatoon Grant Program projects has been installed. Again, in partnership with the City of Saskatoon’s Urban Design Department, Downtown Saskatoon’s already active alley (on your way to Diva’s + Art Placement) has a punch more colour upon which to gaze – Instagrammable places! Dean Bartsch of Station Studios made an even larger scale of the skyline we’ve come to love on our t-shirts (still available for sale at Remai Modern Art + Design Store). Thanks kindly to the Travellers Block property owners for the space to make this happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So about that skyline design – This artist-rendering (designed by Station Studios) of our Downtown horizon, highlights our vibrancy – from historic buildings like the Bessborough Hotel and churches along Spadina, to newer ones like the Ferris wheel at Kinsmen Park and the impressive future of River Landing. Also centered between our iconic points of entry are cherished art projects and monuments. Established as a city in 1890, and as a Business Improvement District in 1986, Downtown Saskatoon remains the heart of Saskatchewan, and we think this design does a good job at representing just that.

 

Dean Bartsch, Station Studios Design + Manufacturing