Francis the pig has been temporarily removed and is awaiting repairs. He will return at a later date.x
Public Art Ghost Collection
The Ghost Collection
This renowned bronze art collection was initiated by the Downtown Business Association and helps tell the history of the community. It is one of the largest life-size bronze sculpture collections in Canada.
If you start at Servus Arena, you will see our most recent addition to our ghost collection. Head next to the Recreation Centre and the ghosts will continue to guide you through the downtown. As you go, be sure to stop and enjoy the variety of public art and heritage buildings.
Where do ghosts come from?
The creative genius of artists, of course! Artists begin by making a clay, wax or plasticine model of the artwork. They create a mould to enclose the model, which is removed. Molten bronze is then poured into the mould. Once the bronze cools, it is smoothed out and a patina is added to give a special colour and finish. Finally, protective wax is rubbed on to prevent deterioration.
Creating a bronze sculpture can take one to three years but, if properly cared for, a bronze piece can last thousands of years.