Overview


The Spirit of Haida Gwaii



The Raven and the First Men



Mythic Messengers


Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

The Spirit of
Haida Gwaii


The Raven and
the First Men


Mythic
Messengers

Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear

 

  

 

MYTHIC MESSENGERS

Banknote image seen in background.


Original image upon which the banknote is based.

Mythic Messengers is a high relief bronze frieze, 8.5 m long, 1.2 m high, 45.7 cm deep, commissioned by Teleglobe Canada for their headquarters in Burnaby, B.C. and unveiled November 7, 1984. The BCE Group donated it to the Bill Reid Foundation in 2001. It was cast at the Harman Sculpture Foundry in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The sculpture was on loan to the Vancouver International Airport Authority where it was installed on a specially-built architrave in the international terminal near Reid’s The Spirit of Haida Gwaii (The Jade Canoe), until 2008 when it was installed in the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art where it is now on display.

A second casting of Mythic Messengers can be viewed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Québec.

Bill Reid said “this work was inspired by a device often used by Haida artists, an exchange of tongues, whereby power was communicated from one mythic creature to another. At a deeper level, the power of these old forms, born of a mythological past, reinterpreted through new materials and techniques, in a contemporary setting, can still speak to us across time, space, and enormous cultural differences.”

From left to right, the mythic creatures -- clutching, hanging on with the mouth, and squeezed in curious positions -- are:

Mythic Messengers photo: Kenji Nagai

The Raven and the First Men Xhuwaji / Haida Grizzly Bear The Spirit of Haida Gwaii Mythic Messengers

© Copyright 2011 Bill Reid Foundation.