Spirits Of The Realms
If it’s your first visit to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in a while, you might be surprised to discover a new mural on Beatty Street: Spirits of The Realms. Installed last summer by the City of Vancouver as part of Canada 150+, the mural was created by artists Haisla Collins, Sharifah Marsden, Richard Shorty, Jerry Whitehead, Mehren Razmpoosh and Vanessa Walterson.
The Artist Statement reads: ‘Spirits of the Realms’ is a mural about indigenous cultures and stories of First Peoples across Canada. The background colours of black, white, yellow and red represent the four directions of the medicine wheel and the three realms (earth, sky and sea) of the peoples who live along the Northwest Coast.’
‘There are other stories and cultural elements represented including: Raven, the trickster who frees the light, the giants of the sky realm, two sisters who brought peace, and a sweat lodge, pow wow dancers, our missing sisters, eagles, Thunderbird, trees, landscape and much more.’
‘The work also incorporates contemporary artistic elements, form-line and beading patterns, and braids. This mural is meant to honour all the First Peoples of Canada, their cultures, stories and understandings.’