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Indigenous Art

Continuum: From Seed to Shelter by Eric Robertson. Photo by Brian Giebelhaus

The City of Surrey has commissioned a number of Indigenous artwork all over the city, with more scheduled to come. Read about the pieces below.

 

Skedans Grizzly Bear Pole by Mungo Martin. Photo by Brian Giebelhaus.

Skedans Grizzly Bear Pole

This Haida totem pole by Mungo Martin greets travellers coming into Canada from the United States.

All Our Relations by Xwalacktun

All Our Relations

This Coast Salish carving by Xwalacktun was made with Guildford Park Secondary students and staff.

Preliminary design for The Rivers that Connect Us by  kʼwyʼiʼyʼe Spring Salmon Studio

The Rivers that Connect Us

These monumental paddles by kʼwyʼiʼyʼe Spring Salmon Studio welcome people to the Museum of Surrey.

Raven and the First Sunrise by Brandon Gabriel

Raven and the First Sunrise

This artwork by Brandon Gabriel on Guildford Library windows tells the First Nations origin story.

snəw̓eyəɬ: Nature’s Gods (Nature’s Teachers) by Wes Antone

snəw̓eyəɬ: Nature’s Gods (Nature’s Teachers)

Wes Antone's animals on Surrey Nature Centre's windows are accompanied by their Kwantlen meanings.

Guardian Spirits by Trenton Pierre

Guardian Spirits

Trenton Pierre's design on the North Surrey Ice & Sport Complex windows symbolize reconciliation.

Eight Salmon Heads by Leslie Wells

Eight Salmon Heads

This artwork by Leslie Wells on the Surrey Arts Centre windows honours the salmon in Bear Creek.

Retro-Perspective by Drew Atkins

Retro-Perspective

This vinyl glazing by Drew Atkins combines Coast Salish design elements with a retro look.

Courage, Strength, and Family by Phyllis Atkins and Shain Jackson

Courage, Strength, and Family

This laser cut panel by Phyllis Atkins and Shain Jackson was inspired by cancer patients.

We Are All Connected to this Land by Phyllis Atkins

We Are All Connected to This Land

This imprinted design by Phyllis Atkins near Bear Creek honours the land's cultural heritage.

The Legacy of qəyqə́yt Village by Drew & Phyllis Atkins

Returning to the River

This sculpture by Drew and Phyllis Atkins marks the site of a former seasonal fishing village.

Water Guardians by Susan Point

Water Guardians

This vibrant red umbrella sculpture by Susan Point features Coast Salish style frogs in Hazelgrove Park in East Clayton.

Installation view of Fall and Winter Drums by Brandon Gabriel at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre

Four Seasons

These drums by Brandon Gabriel and Melinda Bige tell the story of the seasons according to the Kwantlen First Nation.

Paddling through the Waves of Change by Phyllis Atkins

Paddling through the Waves of Change

This Coast Salish artwork by Phyllis Atkins appears outside the 6th floor meeting room at City Hall, inspiring people to work together.

Eagle Calling by Robert Davidson

Eagle Calling

Robert Davidson combines Haida art with a contemporary aesthetic in this stylized eagle that soars in Frank Hurt Park.

Under the Double Eagle & Elder Moon by Leonard Wells and Leslie Wells

Under the Double Eagle and Elder Moon

Coast Salish symbols by Leonard Wells and Leslie Wells hang above the traffic roundabout near South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre.

Continuum: From Seed to Shelter by Eric Robertson. Photo by Brian Giebelhaus

Continuum: From Seed to Shelter

Watch for these six sculptures by Eric Robertson on top of fluted cedar poles as you enjoy a walk on the Green Timbers Greenway.

Frogs by Susan Point. Photo by Brian Giebelhaus

Frogs

Susan Point’s carved Coast Salish style frog pattern greets visitors in the lobby of the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre.

Supernatural Eye by Robert Davidson

Supernatural Eye

This monumental sculpture by Robert Davidson stands at the entrance to Harvard Gardens.

Surrey Columbian Centennial Totem Pole by John Edward Neel. Photo by Brian Giebelhaus

Surrey Columbian Centennial Totem Pole

Kwakwaka’wakw carver Ted Neel made this totem pole for Canada's centennial, honouring First Nations.

Talking Poles by Lorna Boschman, Victoria Moulder & T'Uy'Tanat-Cease Wyss

Talking Poles

This community dialogue project along Serpentine Greenway brought together residents, students, instructors, spiritual leaders, and artists.