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Image of "Musqueam Welcome Figures" art pieces at YVR
  • Musqueam Welcome Figures

    Year: 1996
    Artist: Susan Point
    Dimensions and materials:  Red cedar, glass | 5.2 x 1.3 x 0.2 m
    Terminal: International
    Level: 2
    Security Access: After Security

    The two Welcome Figures, standing near the bottom of the escalators, stairs and streams in Canada Customs Hall, display a traditional Coast Salish welcome to travellers. The deeply carved frontal aspects of both figures are inspired by historical Coast Salish house posts, while the back panels reveal the artist’s innovations on traditional images and motifs.

Image of "Flight (Spindle Whorl)" art piece at YVR
  • Flight (Spindle Whorl)

    Year: 1995
    Artist: Susan Point
    Dimensions and materials: Red cedar | 4.8 m in diameter
    Terminal: International
    Level: Level 3
    Security Access: After Security

    "Flight" is the world's largest Coast Salish Spindle Whorl and relates to the large-scale weavings included in this contemporary art installation. The artwork is presented in a setting of water and stone, symbolic of this land. The spindle whorl uses traditional images to depict the theme of flight. The eagle, which is considered a symbol of power, is designed around the image of a man whose arms are raised, welcoming visitors and also gesturing flight. On the chests of the men are salmon motifs to represent the Coast Salish people, who still live and fish along these shores.

Image of "Out of the Silence" art piece at YVR
  • Out of the Silence

    Year: 1996
    Artists: Krista Point, Robyn Sparrow, Debra Sparrow, Gina Grant and Helen Callbreath
    Dimensions and materials: Hand-dyed, hand-spun sheep’s wool | 4.9 x 1.5 m each
    Terminal: International
    Level: Level 3
    Security Access: After security

    These four large weavings represent an esteemed and enduring art form among the Coast Salish people. For many centuries before European contact, intricately woven Coast Salish blankets were worn or distributed during social and religious ceremonies. The women who created Out of the Silence chose to use a number of traditional patterns, made up of diamonds, squares and zigzags, to honour the endurance of their craft and to signify their identities as weavers.