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Kwakwaka’wakw artist Steve Smith (Dla’Kwagila/”Made to be Copper”) received two major commissions from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), unveiled in June 2009.

Located in the new C Pier of the domestic terminal, the first installation is entitled Freedom to Move. It consists of six massive, double-sided red cedar panels mounted within a water feature. From one side, the panels represent a killer whale and eagle, and from the other, the panels represent a raven with its wings spread.

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The second piece is entitled Sea to Sky and consists of twelve double-sided elk-hide drums suspended above one of the main gate areas in Pier C. The drums are painted with images from the sea, land and sky.

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We Are All Connected, vase (arbutus and acrylic)

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Smith on creativity:

Creativity is everywhere at all times. To be open to that and to be able to have it flow through me and out of me without getting in the way of it is completely freeing. When I sit down and paint, what usually happens is, design and color and content are already determined, but not by me. What comes out is what comes out. The less “I” get involved in a piece the better it seems to turn out. It is freeing in that there is no ownership or even doership involved.

WEBSITE: Steve Smith

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