Public Art Registry
Sea to Sky
Artwork has been removed.
Photo: Rachel Topham
Sea to Sky - photo by Rachel Topham
Sea to Sky - photo by Rachel Topham
šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn Plaza (formerly Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza)
At the parking exit structure on the corner of W Georgia and Hamilton
The artwork has been removed from this location.
Civic
2017
Digitally printed onto adhesive vinyl
Two-dimensional artwork
No longer in place
City of Vancouver
Canada 150+
Light box
Description of work

The City of Vancouver, as part of its Canada 150+ program, commissioned a series of six paint and print murals created by Indigenous artists and artist teams. The public art is part of the City’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation and strengthening of relations between Indigenous communities and Vancouverites.

The murals, banners and transparencies were commissioned as part of the City of Vancouver's commemoration of the sesquicentennial of Canada's confederation. Vancouver refocused the national celebration on its indigenous peoples and First Nations, who long precede confederation, and whose resurgence will continue long past the anniversary--hence "150+".

The public art program issued a call for murals in January 2017. The six successful applicant teams were reviewed and chosen by a selection panel of Indigenous artists and art professionals.

The projects were realized throughout the city centre, including projects at the central library, Queen Elizabeth Theatre and its plaza, the headhouse of a Canada Line station, a laneway on the Downtown Eastside, and the lot where the Kanata Fest and the Drum Is Calling Festival were held.

Works variously drew from Coast Salish, formline, and Woodland School forms, presented portraits mixing contemporary and traditional clothing and regalia, and collaged photographic images into abstracted compositions.

Commissioned in the spirit of Reconcilation, the project served to increase Indigenous visibility on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations now known as Vancouver.

Artist statement

“Sea to Sky” represents all of what Canada has to offer in terms of natural landscapes, abounding wildlife and rich cultural diversity. It reminds us of the connections present between the earth, all plants and animals and ourselves. We are not alone and separate from nature, but an integral part of it. Located on traditional Coast Salish territory,the artwork represents a land where our ancestors lived and gained their livelihoods. They depended on the waterways for food and travel and on the forests for shelter. The imagery shows Vancouver’s surroundings in the heart of the city, while acknowledging the four directions (north, east, south, west).

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