Vancouver Art Gallery commissions new Robert Davidson sculpture

  • Jul. 25, 2008 12:00 p.m.

Robert Davidson is being commissioned to create a major wall-mounted wood sculpture for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition during the 2010 Olympics. The work will be painted in the Haida formline style depicting the transformation of a killer whale into a thunderbird. Expected to be about 2 metres by 3.5 metres in size, the cedar carving will have flexible panels that reveal the killer whale when closed and the thunderbird when open. The Vancouver Art Gallery received $207,000 to commission Mr. Davidson to do the work from Arts Partners in Creative Development. The sculpture will become a showpiece in the new Vancouver Art Gallery space being planned in Yaletown.