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Artist: Joseph, Darren
Category: Civic
Status: Existing
Sponsor: Commissioned by the City of North Vancouver


This Coast Salish public art project is located outside the City of North Vancouver Operations Centre. The centre is situated adjacent to Mosquito and Wagg Creeks and a sacred Squamish Nation cemetery. It is a belief of the Squamish People that the Raven is a benevolent figure who watches over and helps the people. This Raven, with its fluid design, is a reflection of the place where Mosquito Creek and Wagg Creek meet. Represented in the wing of the Raven are the ancestors who have been laid to rest on the east side of these creeks.


Brushed Stainless Steel

About the Artist:
Darren Joseph is a Coast Salish artist from the Squamish Nation. His ancestral name is Shmoqwilum which he received when he was 17 years old. Joseph began sketching and carving as a hobby at the young age of 9. In 2002 Joseph began a full-time career in carving. He has worked under the guidance of such well known carvers as Ray Natrall, and Klathe Bhi.  Joseph has primarily focused on masks, carving out of red and yellow cedar as well as alder.  Additionally, he has carved a totem pole and contributed to the production of 5 ocean canoes.