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Spirit Catcher - OU0078

 Barrie's Central Monument

Hidden by  Juicepig

N 44° 23.221' W 79° 41.370' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: Canada
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Time: 0:05 h   Distance to Travel: 0.10 mi
 Date Hidden: 30 August 2010
 Date Created: 30 August 2010
 Last Modified: 29 November 2010
 Waypoint: OU0078


{{found}} 2 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
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GeoKrety History

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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Wheelchair Access Historic Site Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

At the base of Maple Street on the scenic waterfront sits Barrie's majestic landmark, the "Spirit Catcher." Ron Baird was one of nine sculptors asked to submit proposals for EXPO '86 and he was one of the two sculptors chosen. The theme of EXPO '86 was transportation and communication. With this in mind the artist thought of his sculpture as spiritual antennae. The imagery of the "Spirit Catcher" was influenced by the west coast location and the Thunderbird of First Nations' mythology. The Thunderbird is a messenger who carries our dreams and desires to the Creator. The 20 tonne steel sculpture took 6 months to make and was originally installed at False Creek in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Spirit Catcher

Once EXPO '86 ended, the sculpture was purchased by the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation (Toronto) for $230,000 after months of negotiations. The Foundation donated the sculpture, in memory of Helen McCrea Peacock and Kenneth Westrup, to the "Barrie Gallery Project" as an inspiration to create an art gallery in the City of Barrie. The sculpture came to Barrie on 2 flatbed trucks and was installed with the assistance of several volunteers and 2 cranes. The installation took almost 2 full days on the weekend of June 12th and 13th, 1987 and was dedicated on September 12th.


Spirit catcher from below


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1 23 August 2015 Bon Echo Found it

Visited Barrie over the weekend, this is my first time staying in Barrie since 2003. The previous visit was pretty significant, since I attended a wedding, the reception being held on a cruise ship docked nearby this location IIRC, and I proposed to my now-wife at the reception in front of all the friends and family. This trip, I got my first classic terracache and first OCNA webcam...not quite as significant.

Very busy around the waterfront today, and it should be with such beautiful weather.

Thanks Juicepig for the OCNA virtual cache. I see your name a lot here and there in the Ontario geocaching sphere but I'm pretty sure this is the first Juicepig cache find for me.

Bon Echo at the Spirit Catcher

1 27 March 2011 peasoup Found it

Can't miss this magnificent sculpture along the water's edge.  It was quite windy today and the sculpture's moving parts were adding to the attraction of it.  Great virtual cache! Thanks for this main attraction during our caching tour today.
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