This piece was commissioned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the festival. Its vision was to create a sculpture with a team of 5 artists representing the cultural diversity of the Northwest Territories.
Inuvialuit, Dene, Inuit and Euro-Canadian individuals were all represented. Each member of the team was to carve into the marble something that represented what their culture contributed to the NWT. This was quite a challenge for the Euro-Canadian member (!) We started working in Yellowknife- and was the dust ever flying. Once the bulk of the extra stone had been removed, the sculpture was shipped by barge up the MacKenzie Delta to Inuvik, site of the 10th Great Northern Arts Festival. Once there with the help of many other artists and visitors the sculpture was completed and presented in the summer of 1998.
It is now on permanent display at Inuvik‘s visitor centre.
One of the really great side moments in the creation of this sculpture was the group effort undertaken to create the sterling silver antlers on Paul’s caribou. Over the course of one very late night in a make shift jewellery studio a group of us fashioned them using whatever we could find. Near the end we even resorted to an angle grinder!
Great Northern Arts Festival Sculpture