Saskatoon artists 'fabric bomb' Broadway Avenue

Saskatoon artist Monika Kinner-Whalen has been decorating construction fences along Broadway Avenue using long strips of brightly coloured fabric.

Monika Kinner-Whalen worked with artists and volunteers to decorate construction fences

Monika Kinner-Whalen collected donations of unusable fabric for the Broadway Avenue art project. (Josh Lynn/CBC)

In the wake of a summer filled with construction, Saskatoon artists are trying to soften the feel of Broadway Avenue. 

Monika Kinner-Whalen has been "fabric bombing" construction fences on the avenue with long, colourful strips of fabric.

"When we used the term 'fabric bombing' people kind of expected a messy explosion of fabric everywhere," she explained.

Instead, artists and volunteers created depictions of prairie scenery by weaving fabric through some of the blue construction fences now lining the street.  

"People have woven sky and clouds, there's sunsets," said Kinner-Whalen. "Everyone has been adding things to it and building off things that are there."

The fences also feature images of trees, birds and, keeping with prairie theme, grain elevators.

"We're very relieved that it worked. We've never done this before and we didn't know what it would look like," said Kinner-Whalen, who spearheaded the project on behalf of the Broadway Business Improvement District and the Saskatchewan Craft Council.

"It's very tactile and it's very colourful."