The pictograph is a traditional Lil’wat marking or record. This sculpture mixes traditional images with Games sport icons, blending time in the depiction of activities. The artist sought the permission of elders to use the traditional symbols.
This sculpture is part of the art collection commissioned by the Vancouver Organizing Committee of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The collection is a celebration of aboriginal art and has become a beautiful legacy of the 2010 Winter Games.
This YouTube video link highlights the 2010 Games aboriginal art program and features artists commissioned for the Games, as well as artist Connie Watts, who managed the art program for VANOC.
The aboriginal art legacy is also described in the book O Siyam (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
Public art nearby:
- 105 tl’aqwa wall sculpture is located inside the Whistler Athletes’ Centre
- 107 Dancing Wind wall panels around the exterior of the Whistler Athletes’ Lodge