Nanaimo Public Art Inventory - Tsawalk


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Artist: Laura Timmermans
Location: Located on the Front Street Parkade facing the Port Theatre. The project can be seen as you enter the stairway leading to Diana Krall Plaza.
Category: Sculpture, Wall Hanging
Year Created: 2014
Materials: Metal, Stone, Aluminum
Sponsors: N/A
Cost: N/A
Status: Public


The message behind this sculpture is one of unity and connection. Laura hopes it will inspire people to think about how we are all connected to a greater web. The four hands joined by a center circle represent the nature of existence as an integrated whole. The circle of rocks represents the message that our actions have impacts, and we can learn to live in harmony with our surroundings.
Laura grew up in the small village of Ucluelet, B.C., which gave her the time to connect with nature in many ways. Whether kayaking the coastline, hiking the beaches or exploring an old growth forest, she finds deep satisfaction and fulfillment within the natural environment. Laura has been strongly influenced by the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation’s world view of “Heshook-ish Tsawalk”, meaning all things are connected and inter-dependent upon one another. She chose to utilize this First Nation’s wisdom as the framework for my art piece.


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