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Thousands of paper dandelions pop up in downtown Saskatoon as part of art display

Some of the paper flowers artist Monique Martin plans to place across the city. Courtesy Monique Martin

Just in time for spring, dandelions have shown up across downtown Saskatoon — but you won’t want to pull these ones. They’re part of a new art installation called “Context is Everything.”

About 3,000 paper dandelions make up seven displays, including at the Remai Modern gift shop, Midtown Plaza and the old bus depot on 23rd Street.

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“The concept of the exhibition is to bring people back downtown and give them a bit of joy by seeing this exhibition,” said artist Monique Martin.

“All of them are viewable from outside. Nobody can go in, so it’s put the dandelion in the opposite place it should be.”

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The downtown business improvement district said the dandelions highlight available spaces for lease within the area.

“The art may spur new inspiration for new business ideas and ventures, and through the neighbouring windows, it’s about taking a moment to enjoy what’s behind them,” DTNYXE said in a news release.

The dandelions are also a symbol of strength and perseverance, Martin said. She was inspired by their ability to thrive anywhere, just like many people in the pandemic.

“It’s a perfect symbol for everybody to look to, to feel good about life,” she said.

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Martin painstakingly makes each dandelion by hand.

The pieces are for sale, though Martin said she donates most of the money to local charities.

The dandelions will be on display until April 15, then Martin will pack them up for another installation in Vancouver.

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