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Spirit Catcher, Barrie

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Ron Baird's Spirit Catcher is a sculpture originally created by sculptor Ron Baird for Expo 86 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is now situated on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay, in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

Nine sculptors were asked to submit proposals for Expo 86, and two were chosen to be commissioned. The sculpture took six months to sculpt using COR-TEN steel; this alloy develops a non-corrosive oxide and retains its structural integrity. The work was originally installed on the Expo 86 exhibition grounds in Vancouver, British Columbia.

After the end of the exposition, the sculpture was purchased by the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation in Toronto for CAD $230,000. The foundation then donated the sculpture to the 'Barrie Gallery Project' as an inspiration to create an art gallery in the city of Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The twenty ton, 25 m wide by 21 m tall sculpture was transported to Barrie using two flatbed trucks, and was installed by volunteers and two cranes. It took two days during the weekend of 12 June and 13 June 1987, and was dedicated on 12 September 1987.

The sculpture has 16 kinetic quills, which rock back and forth when the wind blows.
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  • The Barrie waterfront spirit catcher is a cool art installation. The swinging "feathers" scared my daughter when she was little because they sway lightly (as designed) and reminded her of giant, swing...  read more »
  • An amazing piece of Artwork! Lots of Sea (Lake) gulls nearby. Beautiful! Please don't feed them with bread! 
  • Enjoyed a walk by the waterfront and the magnificent spirit catcher metal works that has been standing proud there. 
  • The Gem of the city!! If you are anywhere in sight of the Spirit Catcher you are guaranteed to have some nice views surrounding. As a result of missing being in Barrie, I tattooed this statue on my shoulder when I lived in Edmonton and have worn it proudly everywhere I go! People have given me positive comments on it all across Canada. I love this statue. It represents festivity, community, beauty, nature and lifestyle all bundled into one, and so much more!
  • Great view. Interesting public art.
  • Love the Spirit Catcher and one of my favorite spots in Barrie
  • Great place to hang out.
  • I love there, i went to there once a week to see the lake of the lake
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