I usually write about gifts people commission me to make for them, but today I want to share a gift I received. It’s been more than 4 years since “The Thunderbird” installation was completed and hung on the wall at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa. It was without a doubt my most memorable, my proudest and the most enlightening moment in my career. It was a huge undertaking in that we called on, and gathered the community to participate in this collaboration. Over 100 people participated, and together we learned, we shared and we created something beautiful in support of the Wabano Centre.
Four friends who participated together, continue to be moved and excited by this project. They are proud to have been part of this installation and to be recognized as contributing artists. They visit and show the installation to family and friends often, and have documented their experience to share among themselves in a beautiful slideshow presentation. This week they shared it with me. I was so touched by this because it reaffirmed how the Thunderbird impacted others and continues to do so. With their permission I want to share it with you. It’s almost 9 minutes long but it’s worth it. Make yourself a tea and enjoy. Thank you Dana for putting this together. I love it!!
If you are interested in knowing more about the Wabano Centre please visit their site at http://www.wabano.com