Centennial Totem Pole Conservation Project
We're currently working to ensure the future of the Centennial Totem Pole, a treasured piece of First Nations, Vancouver, and BC history, which was originally located in Hadden Park just south of the Maritime Museum in Kitsilano.
Why we're conserving the totem pole
Considered one of the great artworks of Canada, the Centennial Totem Pole was carved by the renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Chief Mungo Martin, his son David Martin and his nephew Henry Hunt, and has stood in Hadden Park since 1958.
The Centennial Totem Pole is currently being stored at a secure site where it can dry out in order to further assess its condition.
The Public Art Program will review future restoration and conservation possibilities to determine what level of restoration is reasonable and practical from both aesthetic and financial perspectives, and consistent with First Nations’ protocols.
We've consulted with a variety of stakeholders including, the descendants of carver Mungo Martin, conservators, and engineers. Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations have also been informed of this work.