This item is apart of our Gallery 3 Exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land.
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Fused Glass Sculpture In the Wake of the Whale by Ed NoiseCat, Shuswap and Lil’wat Nations,
In the Wake of the Whale is a nod to the resident pod of orcas living in the Salish Sea. It incorporates both unique and Salish artistic design features in its depiction of a killer whale (orca) swimming around, creating balance, both yin and yang, as the dorsal fin swims outside of the circle and an eddy swirls in the back to create a powerful flow behind the swimming whale.
Ed Archie NoiseCat warns “We have a lot of work to do to stop the oil from coming into our shores, and into the rivers where the salmon run. The balance in the art represents the much-needed ecological balance in the Salish Sea.”
In the Wake of the Whale imagery was used in Ed’s Greenpeace banner in 2018, on exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver thru July 2020, as part of the Acts of Resistance exhibition that showcases the artwork of seven indigenous artist activists from the Pacific Northwest, whose designs flew from the Iron Workers Memorial bridge on July 3, 2018 to protest the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline project.