WHAT: A 12-foot elk that has been an eye-catcher in Selkirk for months is moving to a new home this Friday. The wooden sculpture – made of drift wood collected from the banks of the Red River was created by Selkirk engineer-turned-artist Majid Kermani. The elk will migrate to Holiday Alley for the weekend where it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on Saturday, Dec. 1.
FRIDAY’s ACTION: The 12-foot tall driftwood elk sculpture, named Elkirk, makes its way down Eveline Street to Manitoba Ave in Selkirk. It will be pulled behind an ATV – lead by Mayor Larry Johannson down one of Selkirk’s main roads to the city’s old downtown.
WHY: Elkirk was created and donated to Holiday Alley’s Art Auction and proceeds from the sale of the sculpture will be shared with the Homes for All Fund at the Selkirk and District Community Foundation. The elk has already garnered attention as part of the online pre-auction where the bidding is up to $1,600.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Interview the artist and mayor
11:30 catch Elkirk’s migration
Eveline street to Manitoba Ave.
328 Eveline Street in Selkirk, Manitoba, just 30 minutes north of the Perimeter on Hwy 9.
Directions: Head north on Main Street, Winnipeg until it turns into Main Street, Selkirk.
Drive until you hit McLean Ave. (Canada Post is on the corner). Turn right down McLean and drive one block to Eveline Street. Turn right on Eveline Street, the elk’s current home will be in half a block on your left-hand or river side of the street.
Get stock footage of the creation of Elkirk from collecting wood in the spring to summer construction to the final creation HERE
Holiday Alley Factoids
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2018
Downtown Selkirk, Manitoba
- 5 – city blocks in old downtown Selkirk get rejuvenated
- 100 – volunteers
- 40+ – businesses in the old downtown engaged
- 12 – months of planning and organizing
- 39 – buildings draped in lights
- 5,000 – strings of lights (3,000 in 2017 and an additional 2,000 in 2018)
- 125,000 – LED Christmas bulbs (75,000 in 2017 and an additional 50,000 in 2018)
- 63 – days the lights will be on for the darkest days of winter starting the first night of Holiday Alley, Friday Nov. 30
- 1 – life-sized elk made of deadfall
- 1 – giant community chalk board
- 1 – human-sized hamster wheel that powers lights
- 17 – cooks compete in the Manitoba Hydro “Warm Up Your Belly” Soup Cook-Off
- 10 – students, teachers and artists create Art on Ice (ice fishing shacks.)
- 7 – chainsaw wood carvers working live and showcasing their sculptures
- 1 – outdoor High Tea complete with full china (move over Raw Almond!)
- 14 – novice blacksmiths competing to forge the best marshmallow roasting forks.
- 200+ – artists and crafters displaying and selling their work
- 100s – children-at-heart making art
- 25+ – musicians and singers
- 1 – travelling Santa
- 1 – charity benefits: Homes for All at the Selkirk & District Community Foundation