Vision Earned is inspired by two intertwined eagle feathers. The eagle feather is culturally significant to the Lil’wat First Nation and is a prized symbol earned through accomplishment. In this respect the sculpture references the medals awarded to athletes.
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 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).