Thursday, 20 February 2020
The Spirit Catcher
Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Address: 15 Lakeshore Drive
Date: Feb 2015
As you enter Barrie's waterfront you can't help but notice a large winged sculpture standing between you and Lake Simcoe. This is Spirit Catcher. It was originally created for EXPO 86 in Vancouver but has stood beside the lake in Barrie since 1987.
The rest of the marina area gets packed up for the winter season but Spirit Catcher stands tall year round. Spirit Catcher is made from over 20 tonnes of steel and stands over 20 metres high. The sculpture is made of cor-ten steel which is designed to not flake when it rusts.
The Spirit Catcher was created by Ron Baird and was the first piece to become part of the permanent collection at the Maclaren Art Centre. For over 30 years people have marvelled at the sharp wings and horns of Spirit Catcher.
When we were on the waterfront admiring the sculpture, we noticed someone flying a colourful kite over the beach. A splash of colour that stood out against the grey sky. Even though Spirit Catcher looks like a black silhouette it also stands out and commands your attention.
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