The Climber

The new Nutrien Children’s Museum is very pleased to announce that the museum will feature an interactive fibre art installation by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam. This unique installation is being created especially for the new children’s museum in Saskatoon, and will be the first interactive, climbable structure of its kind in Canada.

MacAdam, originally from Japan, lives and works in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. She has been one of the most well-known fibre artists in the world since the 1980’s, with works featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern art in Kyoto, and the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma in Rome. MacAdam will crochet and dye tonnes of fabric by hand, to create a beautiful design that invites children to transform this art installation into an extraordinary playland. Children will be able to climb up into the structure itself and bound across, feeling the movements of other children and providing a combination of physical experiences they would have on a trampoline, a climbing rope or a tree house. Children playing under the structure will swing from tear-drop shaped extensions dropping down from the main level above. MacAdam and her team of fibre artists will spend the next 18 months crafting this piece, which will be installed in the early months of 2019.

The impressive design has caught the eye of Joe Remai, who explains, “As a real estate developer, my charitable interests tend to gravitate to tangible things – buildings and equipment that will meet needs for generations… I like the idea of being involved in something that my grandchildren and perhaps even their grandchildren can enjoy.” The Joseph Alfred Remai Family Foundation has made a $1,000,000 gift to the new children’s museum, and their contribution will be recognized at the Climber exhibit.

The Executive Director of the children’s museum, Amanda McReynolds Doran, predicts that this will be one of the most popular exhibits in the new museum. “When I first saw the design, my mind immediately brought me back to the beautiful, colorful blankets my grandmother used to crochet for us. The colors and patterns invoked memories of warm and happy moments in my childhood, and I cannot wait to see the myriad ways in which children can engage with the structure to explore and take risks in a safe, welcoming environment.”

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