Join us for a virtual tour and discussion with artist Connie Watts, broadcast live from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR)!
For this special Art Connects, we will take you inside YVR’s Pacific Passage, a public art installation within one of the airport’s arrival gates that features the large-scale sculpture Hetux (2000).
Hetux is Watts’ largest indoor sculptural work, and it greets guests and visitors to these unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Named after Watt's grandmother, this dramatic work represents the mythological Thunderbird—known as the keeper of the city—and shares knowledge and stories through motifs that can be deciphered through close looking.
Following this behind-the-scenes tour, Watts will speak to her multi-disciplinary art practice and how it relates to ideas of welcoming. She will also discuss how she chooses to share the stories that are carried through her ancestors.
This event will be moderated by Melissa Lee, Director of Public Programs, and Stephanie Bokenfohr, Public Programs Coordinator. Special thanks and gratitude to Kate Swaney of the Vancouver Airport Authority for helping to coordinate this program.