SASKATOON – The Sgt. Hugh Cairns Monument in Saskatoon’s Kinsmen Park will look a little different this Remembrance Day. Saskatoon’s oldest public artwork has been successfully restored. The city says the sculpture required cleaning and a re-pointing of its granite base.
The statue is a carved marble figure of Saskatoon’s own Hugh Cairns with a soccer ball beneath his foot. The monument was installed in 1921, on the very field where he played the sport.
In 1918, Sgt. Cairns died from wounds in France. The following year, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.
Seventy-five names of Saskatoon soccer players killed in the First World War are engraved in the base of the monument.