Three new art installations were revealed September 20 at Vancouver City Hall, representing the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Mayor Gregor Robertson says the installations, which were the results of a contest among Indigenous artists, strengthen ties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. "These three incredible artists support this movement to grow stronger, to deepen our relationships and strengthen them. This new path is about reconciling a very challenging past that we acknowledge, that we build a lot more understanding of, but also to create a much brighter future."
The artists and their artworks include:
Jordan Gallie (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), who made a sandblasted glass design attached to a cedar panel;
Jody Broomfield (Squamish Nation) whose design includes the sky, land and sea, and a symbolic thunderbird;
Chrystal Sparrow (Musqueam Nation), who created a panel depicting the Salish salmon spindle whorl, which represents the Musqueam Nation.