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Friday, July 22, 2011

Celebrating Flight

This perfect setting of clouds and stars for a beautiful Totem Pole is situated close to the observation deck at Vancouver airport. Haida artist Don Yeomans created this work as a tribute to man a creature not naturally gifted with the ability to fly but has learned to do so through intelligence and ingenuity. As such man is positioned highly on the pole under the creator Raven

The inclusion of the western and eastern symbols are meant to strengthen cross-cultural bonds and recognize Vancouver International Airport as a multicultural meeting place.

Location:Vancouver Airport YVR

Britannia Mine

Nestled in the mountains along the scenic drive from Vancouver to Whistler is the historical town of Britannia. Most commonly know for it's old Copper Mine.

Dr AA Forbes first discovered copper on Britannia Mountain in 1888 leading to the creation of Britannia Mine in 1889. At one time it produced more copper than any mine in the British Commonwealth. having survived landslide, flood and fire the mine finally closed in 1974 when it became uneconomically viable. The main mine building was declared a national historic site in 1987. Tours are regularly conducted inside the mine giving tourists a feel of what it was like to work here in the 1800's This Sea to Sky wood sculpting studio is situated downtown Britannia. The magnificent wood carvings can be seen as you drive by on the Sea to Sky Highway

Location:Britannia Beach, BC

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Wildfire Memorial

This memorial stands outside the Public Library and Art Gallery in downtown Kamloops. It is a memorial and tribute to all who were involved in the devastating wildfires of 2003. All of us who live in this part of the world remember this very sad summer and most of us knew someone who was in some way connected to this devastation.

There is a plaque erected to the side of the monument which reads:

During the summer of 2003 the Thompson-Nicola region endured it's most devastating wildfires ever. Unprecedented in numbers and massive in scope, the fires destroyed 89 homes and 7 business's, scorched 62,000 hectares of. Forest and range lands, left hundreds jobless and caused the evacuation of 13,000 people. Wildfire Memorial, created by artist Cameron Kerr of Vancouver BC is dedicated to the evacuees and to the thousands of firefighters, emergency workers and volunteers from far and near who worked tirelessly to assist them in every way possible.

Location:Kamloops, BC Canada