BC Ferries & FPCC Reveal Artwork

September 13, 2016
The second of three Coast Salish artistic designs for the BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels has been revealed. Stz'uminus First Nation’s John Marston designed the artwork that will adorn the Salish Eagle.

His bold depiction of beautiful red eagles adorning the hull of the new BC Ferries vessel represents the strength and respect the eagle carries in First Nations culture.

“The Eagle is highly respected within our culture. It is a symbol of our spiritual connection to the natural world,” said John Marston.

“Over the years as an artist I have learned from our ancestors’ old artworks. It is important to me that this design was strongly influenced by these old masterpieces.”

Last August, in partnership with BC Ferries, 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.

“We are so pleased to see John Marston’s stunning design revealed today,” said Tracey Herbert, CEO of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. “This important project recognizes the artistic traditions of the people of the Salish Sea and provides an opportunity for all of us to learn more about Coast Salish people, including their history and living relationships with the land, sea and animals.”

In addition to Marston being selected as one of the three artists, Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation was selected to design the artwork for the Salish Orca. Her design was unveiled in March. The third artistic design by Thomas Cannell from Musqueam for the Salish Raven will be shared publically over the coming months. 

Click to read the press release.

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