FPCC and BC Ferries Reveal Artwork

March 29, 2016
Artwork for the first of three Coast Salish artistic designs for BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels was unveiled today at an event at One Moon Gallery in Esquimalt.

Esquimalt Nation’s Darlene Gait designed the artwork that will adorn the Salish Orca. The artwork will also be displayed inside the vessel for customers to view and additional exposure for the artist.

Last August, FPCC issued a call for artists and Coast Salish artists were invited to submit their portfolios for consideration. From 37 expressions of interest, a jury of artist peers and BC Ferries representatives identified a shortlist of nine artists who were invited to submit specific design concepts for the three Salish Class vessels.

The jury reviewed the design concepts with attention to artistic excellence, Coast Salish artistic style, ability to express the vessel names through artwork, ability to provide digital images for fabrication and ability to meet the project timeline.

In January, BC Ferries and FPCC announced the selection of three Coast Salish artists to create designs for the new Salish Class vessels; Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation for the Salish Orca, John Marston from Stz'uminus for the Salish Eagle and Thomas Cannell from Musqueam for the Salish Raven.

The vessels are named to recognize the Coast Salish as the original mariners of the Salish Sea. The two other artistic designs will be shared publicly over the coming months.

To read the entire press release: https://www.bcferries.com/bcferries/faces/attachments?id=947698



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