The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to be hosting a unique event in support of the restoration of Stanley Park and to contribute to the First Nation Interpretive Elements that continue to shape the park’s identity.
On the night of December 15, 2006, Stanley Park was heavily damaged by a cyclone force storm that brought down thousands of trees. The restoration project has been strongly supported by governments, corporations and private citizens who recognize Stanley Park as one of the most majestic urban parks in the world. Later in 2007, the park will receive a new addition with the installation of People Amongst the People, a major sculptural and architectural commission by Coast Salish artist, Susan Point.
In support of these important projects, the gallery is pleased to announce the release of a new limited edition Pendleton blanket by Susan Point titled Renewal – Honouring the Spirit of Stanley Park with two open-edition variations in different colours of the same design titled Spirit World. Susan Point has also produced three new limited edition prints based on the Stanley Park project and four new sculptural works. The proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to the park.
Stanley Park, the jewel of Vancouver, is a 400-hectare (1000 acre) park immediately adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. Framed by Burrard Inlet and the Georgia Strait leading to the Pacific Ocean, Stanley Park is skirted by a 9-km (5½-mile) seawall used daily by thousands of walkers, runners and bicyclists. The park contains thousands of old-growth trees preserved as Vancouver’s first park dedicated in 1889 by Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada. The park is also the home to selected amenities such as restaurants, concert and theatre facilities, recreation and sports facilities and the Vancouver Aquarium.
Our thanks to Vesta Giles for contributing her writing and Kenji Nagai for his photos.