Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Spirit Of Haida Gwaii

Haida artist Bill Reid created Spirit Of Haida Gwaii, starting in 1986 and moving to full sized casts in 1991. There are three versions of the sculpture; this is the plaster cast. Two bronzes, one in black and one in jade, also exist. The former stands at the Canadian embassy in Washington, while the latter is in Vancouver's international airport. The sculpture includes human and animal figures, and display panels explain the story behind it and identify the various elements. 


One last shot for today, featuring one of the totem poles.

23 comments:

  1. As sea levels keep rising there won't be much left of Haida Gwai.

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  2. ...I enjoy the interrelation of humans and animals in native art.

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  3. It's very interesting. Thank you for introducing me to this sculpture.

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  4. Thanks for the detail shots of this wonderful piece, William.

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  5. It must be a challenge to make a sculpture that tells a story. I'd like to see this one.

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  6. @David: true.

    @Jan: it is.

    @Maywyn: I agree.

    @Tom: me too.

    @Janey: it is distinctive.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Red: it would be.

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  7. It's certainly a very well defined sculpture.

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  8. Very creative. Sadly I cannot read the signs, though.

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  9. The sculpture is absolutely beautiful.

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  10. Awesome sculptures and intriguing artist ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. @Marleen: it is indeed.

    @Sharon: very much so.

    @Iris: quite creative.

    @Bill: I think so too.

    @Carol: thank you!

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  12. Kinda crowded in that boat, don't you think? :-)

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  13. Fascinating!
    A really stunning sculpture.

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  14. The raven appears to be the protector, but instead he is the director.

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  15. What a sculpture😊Many different humans and animals in a boat.Very nice artwork
    Thanx for sharing😊

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  16. That's quite a full boat William 😉

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