Site Memories: Murmuring Crows

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Artist: Koivukangas, Ingrid
Category: Civic
Status: Existing
Sponsor: Commissioned by the City of North Vancouver


Site Memories: Murmuring Crows creates a connection from the past to the present, from the natural world to the industrial, from the world of site memories to the present day. The crows and corresponding text, sand blasted onto boulders along Spirit Trail, share Crow mythology while leading viewers through the park to the memory of a ship, the Benjamin Sewall.

The Sewall was one of the last tall ships to load first growth timbers from Moodyville Mills. Her story, created from words, is stamped directly into the asphalt to gain some understanding of the size of the tall ships that anchored within sight of the Spirit Trail pathway. An aluminum crow is installed on one of the three Douglas Fir trees and represents the centre mast of the Benjamin Sewall - the crow's nest would have perched atop this mast.


Length of the ship - 220'

Etched natural stone - text and crows

About the Artist:
Ingrid Koivukangas is a Vancouver-based environmental artist who received a BFA from Okanagan University College in Kelowna, BC  and an MFA from the University of Calgary in 2002. She teaches New Media and Design at Langara College and is an artist in residence with the Vancouver School Board. She has had solo exhibitions and taught workshops on environmental art across Canada, USA, Finland, Spain and Costa Rica.