Coast Salish artist unveils monumental sculpture in Stanley Park April 25

Portuguese Joe Silvey and his Coast Salish wives sculpture
April 24 2015 –

In partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and City of Vancouver, Coast Salish master carver Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston unveils his long-awaited Shore to Shore.

  • When: Saturday, April 25 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Where: Stanley Park’s Brockton Point.

The significant bronze work will be the first sculpture depicting historical female figures in a Vancouver park. It is expected to become a major attraction for the eight million people who visit Stanley Park each year.

Learn more about the carver and the story behind this artwork

Who will be attending the event

Gathering to mark the occasion in a colourful ceremony are the:

  • First Nations
  • BC Lieutenant - Governor Judith Guichon
  • Mayor Gregor Robertson
  • City councillors
  • Park Board Chair John Coupar
  • Portuguese community
  • Members of Marston’s family  

About the sculpture

Five years in the making, Shore to Shore is a loving tribute to Marston’s Coast Salish and Portuguese ancestors, who gave birth to an extended family that made a significant mark on British Columbia’s economic and social history. 

The sculpture also features in a book by journalist Suzanne Fournier, Shore to Shore: The Art of Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston (Harbour Publishing).

The book, as well as a hardcover limited edition signed by the author and artist, will be on sale at the unveiling, along with limited edition prints of Marston’s design for the project base.

Figures depicted in the sculpture

Carved in yellow cedar, then cast in bronze, Shore to Shore features three life-sized figures:

  • The man known as Portuguese Joe Silvey, pioneer whaler, fisherman and one-time Gastown saloon-keeper who migrated to BC around 1858 from the Portuguese Azorean island of Pico
  • His first wife Khaltinaht, a Musqueam noblewoman who died of tuberculosis at a young age, leaving two children
  • Silvey’s second wife, Kwatleematt of the Sechelt First Nation, with whom Silvey had nine more children

Silvey and Khaltinaht, and later Kwatleematt, lived in a mixed-race community at Brockton Point, near where the sculpture is located, until the family moved to Reid Island around 1878 to escape growing racism. Marston, a highly-accomplished Coast Salish carver and member of Vancouver Island’s Stz’uminus First Nation, is the great-great grandson of Silvey and Kwatleematt.

Base imported from Portugal

The seven-ton sculpture base is built of black and white mosaic stone imported from Portugal, with the support of the Portuguese government and Regional Government of the Azores. A stone mason flown in from the Azores installed the stones. Avante Concrete and Fil Jorge covered base construction and installation costs.

Project supporters

We have recognized the significance of Shore to Shore as a symbol of reconciliation with the First Nations—the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh—for whom Stanley Park and much of the city form part of their traditional territories.

Donations from the City and Park Board:

  • The City donated $20,000 from its reconciliation initiative
  • Park Board donated $5,000

Marston completed the project with the support of his extended Silvey family and:

  • First Nations
  • Portuguese community
  • City of Vancouver
  • Park Board
  • Heritage Canada

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