Ray Natraoro, 2009
Medium: Powder coated aluminum
Welcome figures were created for each of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games venues. For the Creekside alpine skiing venue, the artist depicted legends from the Squamish First Nation (a Host Nation of the Winter Games). The wings of the Thunderbird contain the faces of people and symbols of unity, power, peace and healing.
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 featuring the 2010 Winter Games aboriginal art program. This includes 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:
109 Last Love sculpture at Lake Placid Road train station and Alpha Lake Park entry
110 - 111 Sculptures at the Whistler Creekside mountain base
113 Poet’s Pause sculptures at Alta Lake Park 1.3 kilometres north along the Valley Trail