The Jade Canoe (Vancouver)
August 27, 2003
Rash and I met at Vancouver International Airport's Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe, an impressive 20' long by 13' high sculpture by Bill Reid. (It's not really jade, but the patina is reminiscent). The Haida are an aboriginal people with rich mythology, as referenced by various human and animal figures in the densely packed canoe sculpture. The black bronze version can be seen at the Canadian Embassy in DC (my first viewing). The white plaster original resides in the Canadian Museum of Civilization's Great Hall.
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