The circle represents our inner self—our lifeline. It is about how we treat nature and understanding how we are so closely related. Nature is our first teacher and provides us with everything we need. When you go out into nature you must go with a clean mind and be prepared to say hello to it. The birds will give you inspiration, power, strength, songs and art. The birds portrayed in this sculpture: eagle, raven, owl, woodpecker and wren, are all very important to me. They are all carved in the circle (except the wren in the moon) in the natural wood, and just like nature, through the wood you are given creativity, inspiration and art.
Tim is a Nuu-chah-nulth artist from Esperanza Inlet on Vancouver Island. He has held the position of First Carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum, where he oversaw numerous commissions for totem poles for international sites such as Wakefield Park and Yorkshire Park in England, Stanley Park in Vancouver, and in Auckland. He left this position to oversee a program focussing on Native education for the Port Alberni School Board and Vancouver Island.
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