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New artwork for the Year of Reconciliation debuts in June

June 2 2014

Giants Among Us by Bracken Hanuse Corlett

A new project debuts in June to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

Transit shelters around the city

Bracken Hanuse Corlett will honour and celebrate Reconciliation with new bus shelter posters that explore the role of monsters and giants from Northwest Coast indigenous oral history. He is interested in how these stories relate to and parallel reconciliation, and deal with present-day challenges.

Bracken is a multimedia artist from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He graduated from the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and Emily Carr University, and studied Northwest Coast carving and design from acclaimed Heitsuk artists Bradley Hunt, Shawn Hunt, and Dean Hunt.  

The posters will be in transit shelters around the city through June.

Other Reconciliation artworks on display in June

Additional artworks on display that debuted in March 2014 are:

  • "Open Handed" banners by Brian Liu at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
  • "Her Story" photo mural by Krista Belle Stewart at the Canada Line City Centre Station
  • Video by Krista Belle Stewart at the dual screens, Granville and Robson
  • Video by Jeremy Borsos at the CBC screen, Hamilton and Georgia
  • Video by Emilie Crewe at the VanCity Theatre screen, Seymour and Davie

Upcoming artworks

Watch for upcoming artworks by Jeannette Sirois (Surrey), and Dionne Paul (Sechelt).

How the artists were selected

The City’s Public Art Program commissioned 10 new artist projects from an open call to Canadian artists.

The first five debuted in March 2014. New transit shelter posters will continue to premiere through August.  

The Year of Reconciliation

Vancouver City Council proclaimed June 21, 2013, to June 20, 2014, as a Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver in response to Reconciliation Canada’s national call to action to help build more inclusive communities.

Learn more about the Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City supported a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system.

Learn about the Public Art Program

Public art

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