April 24, 2009

Eagles in the City

From April, 2009 to April, 2010 Vancouverites and visitors to our great city will notice many large, painted eagle sculptures around town. This public art project - titled 'Eagles in the City' -has been created to support the BC Lions Society and the Canucks for Kids Fund.

Local artists, in conjunction with private and corporate sponsors, are able to use these 7 1/2-foot fibreglass sculptures as their canvas. After the eagles are complete, they are installed at prominent places around the city, such as City Hall, Stanley Park and Granville Island. A map is also created after all of the eagles are completed so you can see what each of the 62 artists have come up with. Participating Northwest Coast Native artists include Lyle Campbell, Steve Smith, Jody Broomfield, Clarence Mills and Andy Everson.

Public installations like this are becoming increasingly popular. Chicago's "Cows on Parade" and and Toronto's "Moose in the City" have also been very successful. After the sculptures are on display for one year they are sold at auction, with proceeds going to charity. Keep an eye out for these whimsical works around the city!

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