Emergence of the Lifebringers

by Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa)
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The mural consists of modular images in natural, stone-coloured hues of green, blue and grey. The images depict aboriginal style iconography and references to the natural environment in Esquimalt. Trees, water, fish, plants, birds and faces are depicted as well as a traditional canoe and sailing ship.

The rounded images are of baby whales. Two Ravens are shown, one ascends while the other descends; their heads look like hands.

The images projected onto the painted surface at night refer to the more ancient history of the region: a Spirit Figure (a human with two horns on his head signifying supernatural powers); Whales; Small Creatures; Coppers and Stars.

Conceptually the work refers to the history of the Esquimalt, Coastal Region of the Pacific Northwest both before and after the coming of the Spanish Explorers of fairly recent history.

About Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa)