Breakwater Mural I
In past few years around the Greater Victoria area there has been increasing recognition of First Nation’s geography and history with permanent markers. I have previously posted a series about cairns erected in the Municipality of Oak Bay (at the bottom of this linked post are links to all my posts about those markers). I did the Oak Bay posts because there is very little available on the internet about the different markers. An interesting blog about some of the ones in the City of Victoria is at this page. I have been compiling a map of such places as I blog about them, and have added this mural to the map which can be found here.
Today’s post is one of three that I will be making about the Ogden Point breakwater area – two on the mural and one for a nearby history kiosk. I took these pictures a few weeks ago when I photographed the other side of the breakwater, resulting in a long series of pictures featuring the granite blocks that make up its outer face. If you were paying close attention, you might have spotted a bit of the mural, the wolf motif, in this earlier post. Today’s new series concerns the painted inner breakwater face and information on nearby associated piers. More information about the history of the breakwater can be found in my first Ogden Point post. Unlike the Oak Bay markers, there is a lot of information about these murals on the web and I have provided a few links below that tell the story of the mural, the artists and their young apprentices. I will let those posts speak for themselves and just show you how it is turning out.
This is Phase I of The Land and Sea Mural and the information panel to go with it is located between the base of the breakwater and the Pacific Pilotage Authority dock where the pilot-boats tie up. Phase II is also complete (see my next post), and there are plans for three more phases (or so) to extend the mural the full 800m of the breakwater. Phase I was completed in 2009, Phase II in 2010. The project is also refered to as Unity Wall – a reference to unifying the Songhees and Esquimalt Straits Salish communities as well as other First Nations now resident in the Victoria area, and the settler communities too.
The design is by Esquimalt artist Darlene Gait in collaboration with Songhees carver Butch Dick. The painting was by youth resident in the area; mostly members of local aboriginal communities, but some from outside too. I have cropped the wolf motif for use in my blog design today – it is part of the Phase I theme and you can see where it changes in the bottom image off the stern of the pilot-boat which is where Phase II begins.
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video link in case your device does not display the video above properly
Na’Tsa’maht – Unity Wall Website – this is really one-stop shopping – great photos, artist profiles, stories, video links and so on.
Darlene Gait website
Butch Dick on the Songhees First Nation website
Press Announcement for Phase II
Mural Phase I (from Na’Ts’maht site)
Mural Phase II (from Na’Ts’maht site)
Provincial Capital Commission Publication summarising this and similar projects in the Greater Victoria area.