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Spirit Of Haida Gwaii by Bill Reid, Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada CM11-01

Spirit Of Haida Gwaii by Bill Reid, Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada CM11-01

Description : Spirit of Haida Gwaii, Bill Reid,s largest and most complex sculpture, is displayed at the river end of the Grand Hall. As if heading for the shoreline of the coastal village, the Spirit of Haida Gwaii represents a Haida canoe crammed with a bewildering variety of paddlers and passengers. ( The white sculpture is the original plaster pattern used to cast the bronze sculpture at the Canadian Embassy in Washington - This massive piece of architectural jewelry is 6 m (20 ft) long, nearly 4 m (13 ft) high and weighs close to 5000 kg (11, 000 lb). Five years in the making, it was completed and installed in 1991. The title Reid gave it is The Spirit of Haida Gwaii.)

The Spirit of Haida Gwaii features Raven and Eagle, the two principal Haida lineages that are coequal and represent two halves of a whole. The sculpture encompasses mythical creatures, animals, men and women, who together symbolize not just one culture but the entire family of living beings. The canoe is filled to overflowing with creatures who bite and claw one another as they doggedly paddle along.

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