A new piece of artwork will be unveiled this afternoon at Brockton Point in Stanley Park.
Coast Salish master carver Luke Marston and city officials are set to reveal “Shore to Shore”, a sculpture four metres tall and carved out of black and white mosaic stone depicting historical female figures in a Vancouver park for the first time.
The sculpture is carved in wood and cast in bronze, and tells the story of Joe Silvey, a Portuguese pioneer who settled in Coal Harbour in the 1850s with his family and went on to twice marry aboriginal women, Khaltinaht and Kwatleematt.
The family lived in a mixed-race community at Brockton Point until moving to Reid Island to escape growing racism.
The city says the sculpture will serve as a symbol of reconciliation with the First Nations – for whom Stanley Park and much of the city form part of their traditional territories.