The Norwood Bridge is the first of two bridges that take you from St. Marys Road in St. Boniface into downtown Winnipeg. After the Norwood Bridge, which goes over the Red River is a short stretch of land where the street becomes Queen Elizabeth Way and then onto the Main Street Bridge to take you over the Assiniboine River and onto Main Street.
At the south entrance to the Norwood Bridge is a sculpture by Canadian sculptor Catherine Widgery. This sculpture has Bison and sheaves of wheat and apparently cost $365,000 when it was put up in 1999. The Bison (or Buffalo) are at the bases of the pedestals where the sheaves of wheat are placed. In between these pedestals is a (I’m not sure what to call it), but it (I believe) represents Winnipeg as the gateway to the west by spanning this area. It seems to me a meaning was given when they first picked this sculpture, but I can not find anything on it now. The Bison are hard to see from this angle. I should have walked onto the bridge to get a picture from the side – but I didn’t.
As usual, when the government spends a lot of money on a sculpture, there were a lot of complaints about it initially, but everyone seems to have accepted it over the years. People appreciate art in their own way, which means that no everyone likes or loves the same pieces. There always seems to be a new piece of art going up somewhere for everyone to complain about anyway. 🙂