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“Still Here”

This past year I was thrilled to be able to create a work of Public Art this past year.  I was asked to apply in August 2015, I began creating the work in October after the Moon Festival, we were able to install in April 2016, and we had the official opening party on June 30th. The three giant salmon are swimming in the plaza over the lost stream. They have cedar branches stamped onto their backs and a line of story fragments along their sides. At night blue points of light illuminate the lost stream through the plaza. Check it out at 2699 Kingsway in East Vancouver

“Still Here”

by

Carmen Rosen

 

Commissioned by Thind Properties

Vancouver Public Art Program

 

A stream once flowed here on its way to Renfrew Ravine.

The City’s storm-drain still follows the path of the stream beneath us.

It flows into Still Creek where, after many decades of absence, salmon spawn again.

This is a place rich with story and memory.

 

Spawning salmon

Abundant hunting, seasons of berries, Mother Cedar

Indigenous trade route

Turned to dirt road for timber barons’ commerce

Settlers and streetcars

Pipes and plumbing

War brides, roaming kids, and Walley’s Burgers

Recent arrivals layer new streams of memory

Still Creek is still here

 

Text credits

Skwxu7mesh Snichem (Skhomesh language): T’uy’t’tanat (Cease Wyss)

Poetry: J. D. Morden, Isaac Rosen-Purcell

Local Memories: Cathie Folkard, The Engelland family, Steve Webb,

“East Enders Reunion” group

 

Special thanks to Ken Clarke, Sarah Rankin, Alex Chisholm, January Wolodarsky, Sanderson Concrete – Jan Arntorp, Jamie Allen, Daniel Depelteau and team, BL Lighting, Durante-Kreuk, Henning Knoetzele, Still Moon Arts Society

 

Some photos of the development and making process

 

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDwviAVQ6gc

http://www.vancourier.com/news/renfrew-collingwood-spreading-the-love-for-renfrew-ravine-1.622548

http://www.vancouversun.com/Salmon+return+spawn+East+Vancouver+creek+second+year+with+video/9130216/story.html

http://thethunderbird.ca/2012/10/22/cash-flows-to-wild-urban-stream-thanks-to-local-community/

http://vancouverisawesome.com/2014/02/04/new-love-for-renfrew-ravine/

I’ve been spending way too many hours applying for grants since January. Thankfully the creative work I’ve been doing with the community and other artists is very nourishing.

I’ve helped open newly restored section of Still Creek at Nootka and Grandview Highway, hosted a Twilight Crow bike ride along Still Creek, had weekly delight with my RenColl seniors creating art with natural dyes and textiles, just had our opening show at the Roundhouse yesterday, made shakespeare poetry lanterns with Windermere Athena Arts students, sang with Elelktra, sang with Aligator Joy on a new piece for Gamlelan Voice and Bag pipes, created and sang in a wild structured improv piece with Brad Muirhead and friends, worked with performers to create a wonderfully creative Collingwood Days, and hosted our Still Moon AGM last night.

Here are a few photos: