Ray Natraoro, 2009
Medium: Powder-coated aluminum
This sculpture is a welcome figure at the gateway to the Whistler Sliding Centre on Blackcomb Mountain. The art was produced by Squamish First Nation artist Ray Natraoro and represents the traditional story of the creation of his people.
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).
Public art nearby:
148 within the Whistler Sliding Centre property, 116 metres to the southwest