SASKATOON – A Canadian author has been immortalized in Saskatoon with the unveiling of a bronze statue. Farley Mowat spent much of his formative years in the city.
Mowat’s legacy to literature, a sculpture of the late writer and his dog was celebrated on Wednesday on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
This is the first known statue of the Canadian literary icon known for such books as Never Cry Wolf and Owls in the Family.
“Many students will pass the statue daily and be inspired by Farley Mowat and appreciate the impact of his work on their own fields of study,” said Heather Magotiaux, vice-president of advancement and community engagement at U of S.
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He passed away at the age of 92 in May.
The city was selected for the statue’s placement at the suggestion of Mowat, himself.
Mowat had told Toronto businessman Ron Rhodes, who commissioned the statue, that Saskatoon would be a wonderful place to spend the rest of his days.
“Mowat was a gifted writer, and his work as an environmentalist will be one of his lasting legacies. He should be remembered as one of the real heroes of our time,” said Rhodes.
Mowat was born in Belleville, Ontario and settled in Saskatoon after moving around several times with his family.