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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Lions

Just Couldn't resist snapping this one today.The view was Magnificent I pulled over just as I came off the Second Narrows Bridge.

The Lions are a pair of pointed peaks (West Lion - 1,646 m (5,400 ft);[1] East Lion - 1,606 m (5,269 ft))[2] along the North Shore Mountains in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They can be seen from much of the Greater Vancouver area, as far as Robert Burnaby Park in East Burnaby, south to parts of Surrey, and from the west on the Howe Sound Islands and the Sunshine Coast. Along with the Lions' Gate Bridge named in their honour, these twin summits have become one of the most recognizable Vancouver landmarks. The city's BC Lions CFL football team is also named in their honour.

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Location:View from Vancouver to North Shore

Welcome Guardian Woman

This Squamish welcome figure is visible from the Lions' Gate bridge and can be seen from multiple locations on English Bay and from Stanley Park. It was carved by Sekwilm Siyan Sintl', Stan Joseph Jr., assisted by Wesley Nahanee and William Nahanee.This Welcoming Figure was raised at the first K'aya'chtn (gather of ocean canoes). The Squamish Nation dedicated this figure on July 25th, 2001 with a prayer to Welcome/Guardian Woman in gratitude to all our grandmothers.

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Location:Ambleside Beach West Vancouveri

Walking Figures

“Walking Figures” by Magdalena Abakanowicz

was commissioned for the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale. In “Walking Figures” 18 headless cast iron figures stride toward a place unseen, each with one foot forward. The headless figures derive from the social turmoil Abakanowicz has experienced, and it represents the nature of human beings as they travel in groups. The 18 figures were individually cast in Poland, with unique markings that ensure no two figures are alike. Quite an awesome sight when driving down Cambie Street.