The copper shield represents the valued objects given as gifts. The woven pattern depicts a First Nations tradition and is symbolic of the bringing together of people.
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:
- 106 From Time Out of Mind sculpture by the exterior of the Whistler Athletes’ Lodge
- 107 Dancing Wind wall panels around the exterior of the Whistler Athletes’ Lodge