Laurence Knowles, 2005
This is one of three sculptures created by artist Laurence Knowles in 2005. Creek Woman is one of the noble women of Earth’s creation. She resides by water and presides over fish. The sculptures Grandfather (Bear) and Medicine Man are located north along the Valley Trail in Meadow Park. The Basalt Series was commissioned by the Resort Municipality of Whistler as a result of a juried competition to create public art for the Valley Trail and neighbourhoods beyond the resort village.
Artist Laurence Knowles is a stone carver. He was commissioned for his proposal to create sculptures that depict symbols from his First Nation culture. As the artist is from Haida Gwaii, he contacted the area’s Lil’wat First Nation to involve a Lil’wat elder in a blessing ceremony early in the carving process. The blessing was held at Rebagliati Park in Whistler Village, which was the site where Laurence carved the three sculptures. Those fortunate visitors that observed his work and spoke with him learned about his passion for stone carving, his life in the north and his work as an artist.