Laurence Knowles, 2005
This is one of three sculptures created by artist Laurence Knowles in 2005. Medicine Man was created to honour the Lil’wat First Nation elder who blessed the Basalt Sculpture Project which was carved in Whistler by the Haida First Nation artist Laurence Knowles. It is one of three sculptures located along the Valley Trail in Alpine. Medicine Man looks toward the sculpture Grandfather (Bear). The third sculpture, Creek Woman, can be found by heading 800 metres southwest along the Valley Trail.
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.