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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Olympic Village Art

Built on waterfront land near downtown Vancouver, Southeast False Creek was the site of the Vancouver Olympic Village during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Two very large birds by Myfanwy Mcleod a local artist, have taken over the Plaza in the Olympic Village neighbourhood. They are around 18 to 20 feet tall. One of my favourites and I'm happy to say will be a permanent fixture in Vancouver.

Canada's North Star, by Wade Baker
Situated opposite the birds on the waterfront

From the plaque at the site in the Olympic Village:

For millennia, humans have looked to the heavens and the stars for inspiration and guidance. Here, the North Star symbolizes the star that one follows on a journey, much like the long journey of an Olympic or Paralympic athlete striving for excellence. The star reflects the light that glimmers within all those who participate in the Games. The Canadian maple leaf represents Canada hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with pride and honour and respect for all nations. In this work, Wade Baker has brought together the Coast Salish North Star and the Canadian maple leaf to form a statement of welcome extended to the world. The simplicity of the two symbols helps express the theme of respecting First Nations culture and history while honouring the world at large.

Wade Baker is a member of the Squamish First Nation. He was born in 1956 in Vancouver, where he now lives with his family. Wade is a self-taught artist who was inspired as a child by watching his relatives Mungo Martin and Henry Hunt, both master carvers. His understanding of the deep spiritual and religious meaning of traditional ceremonies comes from attending his family's many potlatches in various longhouses along the coast.


  1. I love these big sparrows! I really like that shot of the bird face with the building in the background. It's awesome. I'm enjoying your posts of the art around town. Thank you so much for sharing them!