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Foundry Welcome Pole

Artist:
See-appl-tun, Art Harry
Year: 2023
Type: 
  • Sculpture
Medium(s): 
  • Paint
  • Wood
Status: In Place

Description

The 2.5-metre cedar pole was designed by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) artist See-appl-tun (Art Harry) with help from eight local youth: Connor Spence, Jaedon Cheal, Keona Nahanee, Lucus McCarthy, Noah O’Connor, Rachel Fenton, Tallula Russell, Zeia Weafer and Zene Ford. The pole symbolizes the protection of youth. The sp’akw’us (bald eagle) represents vision, honour and respect. The takáya (wolf) is the protector.

Artist Statement

I was really honoured to have my name brought forward to carve this totem pole. We placed the eagle on top to represent all our thoughts and prayers being carried up to the creator as a blessing for youth. And below the eagle, we put the wolf. The wolf pack is like a family – looking after each other. Wolves look after their young, and if a wolf happens to get injured, the pack doesn’t leave them behind or let them go ahead. The pack lets the injured wolf lead, and the pack matches that pace. In the carving of the totem pole, each carver helps the totem pole to gain its strength and spirit. When the carver blows the wood shavings away, they blow their spirit into the wood. The more people who work together in the totem’s creation, the stronger it will be. The youth who helped with the carving of the Welcome Totem Pole will always be part of the totem, not just in physically making it, but in its spirit.”

Art Harry is a Squamish Nation artist. He has been carving since he was 15 years old and was mostly inspired by the late Chief Larry Joseph. Art was also taught different cuts and ways of carving by renowned carver Rick Harry. Art and Rick Harry have worked with local secondary school students to design and carve a 9 ft. eagle, bear totem and various house posts which can be seen at the local Squamish Totem Hall.

Art has been carving for 25 yrs and still feels he learns something new every day. He enjoys carving daily as it is part of his tradition and culture, he also feels that carving contributes to his overall well-being.

Art carves plaques, paddles, totem poles and some masks and bentwood boxes.

Location

Address:
38646, Buckley Avenue, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0K6, Canada.

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