Johnnie Abraham and Jonathan Joe, 2009
This welcome figure blends a Lil’wat First Nation symbol of strength and speed (the grizzly bear) with an athlete representing the 2010 Winter Games. The art represents the culturally significant concept of transformation.
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).