The Beat has shown earlier stages of this monumental project by Haida master carver Jim Hart (see The Beat September and December 2012 ). The project is close to completion; the carving will be leaving the Gallery for the home of the private collector who commissioned it in January 2014.
Begun in 2009, the work shows many of the legendary creatures in Haida culture who depend on the salmon for their survival, revealing the importance and interdependence of all creatures. If the salmon decline and are weaker as a species, we too suffer that fate. In March Hart spoke eloquently at the Vancouver Art Gallery about his work and these concerns. See http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_hart.html