I walk by this large crowned bird off to the side of the Air Canada building on Portage Avenue almost everyday. The other morning I decided to stop and take some photos and find out more about the sculpture.
The piece is called The Pigeon King and it was created by Curtis Wiebe who is a filmmaker, animator, musician and sculptor. He is also the founder of the Winnipeg Puppet Collective. Curtis teaches art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Canadian Mennonite University.
Curtis studied art at the University of Manitoba and I discovered from a 2009 article in the Winnipeg Free Press that he is from Drake, Saskatchewan, my mother’s home town.
Curtis’ pigeon is pretty plump and has enormous feet. I guess it is appropriate that a bird of flight is outside the Air Canada building although The Pigeon King’s size might hamper him during take-off.
Other sculptures in downtown Winnipeg….