We’re getting a first look at the artwork that will adorn B.C. Ferries new Salish Class vessels.
All three boats, which will ply the Comox-Powell River and Southern Gulf Islands route, will feature artwork by Coast Salish artists
Today, the ferry corporation unveiled the design that will be paired with the Salish Orca – expected to be the first of its class to launch.
The winning design, by Esquimalt Nation artist Darlene Gait features a stylized pod of orcas depicted “with optimistic colour and energy.”
Gait was chosen after First Peoples’ Cultural Council put out a call for Coast Salish artists, and was selected by a jury from a shortlist of nine finalists.
BC Ferries says artists have also been selected for the craft’s sister vessels the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, which will be revealed in the coming months.
The vessels were named after BC Ferries held a public contest to christen them… that didn’t go exactly as planned.
The corporation had to dig through tongue in cheek suggestions like Spirit of the WalletSucker, the Monopoly Queen, Coastal Fare Hike before settling on the winners which it says “are named to recognize the Coast Salish as the original mariners of the Salish Sea.”
The Ferry service says the Salish Orca, which is being built in a Polish shipyard, will launch later this year as will the Salish Eagle. The Salish Raven is due in 2017.
Earlier this month, that same shipyard won a contract to upgrade two of BC Ferries Spirit Class vessels, and convert them to LNG.