January 15, 2010

Jody Broomfield Steinway & Sons Piano

Earlier this month, Coast Salish artist Jody Broomfield - in cooperation with Vancouver's Tom Lee Music and the BC Lions Society - unveiled a fully-painted Steinway & Sons classical concert piano titled Way of Our Ancestors. Similar to the Jay Simeon Kuniisii - Music and Mythology Steinway & Sons piano that was completed in June of 2009, Jody's will be played by various pianists from now until the spring - after the Olympics - when it will be auctioned off. Partial proceeds will go to the BC Lions Easter Seals Society.

In describing his work, Jody states:

The top lid of the piano features the supernatural Thunderbird and also shows a human form on the chest area symbolizing creation and strength.

Beneath the lid are the four species of West Coast Salmon that return to the rivers and streams every year and remind us to never take more than what is needed, representing respect.

Around the sides of the piano flows the unpredictable Ocean which was the highway of our ancestors who traveled by sea-going canoe and characterizes courage.

And finally, the music desk shows the Human with hands held up at the sides expressing gratitude and appreciation.

The Way of Our Ancestors piano can be viewed at Tom Lee Music in downtown Vancouver. Call to confirm viewings for the public: (604) 685-8471

Lattimer Gallery currently has a spectacular panel by Jody, titled Munlas Sla'alum (Ruler of the Undersea):

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