By Sarah Klein
A warming hut designed by Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq has been unveiled at The Forks.
In the Light of the Kullik was designed in collaboration with Sputnik Architecture. It was made from rusted steel, and the physical shell of the warming hut will be filled with snow and then removed leaving a snow form behind. The four sides to the shell and snow represent four animals — the muskox, the raven, the lemming, and the wolf.
“It is an honour to have Tanya Tagaq bring her artistic talent and vision to our Warming Huts competition,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks Renewal Corporation.
“The competition has always been about art and architecture and this year we wanted to highlight the diversity that the artists can bring.”
The hut’s four sides also represent the stages of life – infant, youth, adult, and elder.
The public can view the hut on the Red River Mutual Trail at the corner of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.