BCHF News New museum carving to tell story of North Shore Mountains

New museum carving to tell story of North Shore Mountains

With files from Sofia Stalner, North Vancouver Museum & Archives

The new location of the North Vancouver Museum will welcome visitors with a carved cedar panel depicting the story of the nearby North Shore Mountains.

The North Vancouver Museum and Archives (NVMA) has commissioned artist Wade Baker to create a carving of the native Squamish story, Sch’ich’iyúy (“The Sisters Mountain”). The carved cedar panel will reflect the traditional story of the prominent North Shore Mountain peaks known as “The Lions.” The panel will be placed in the new museum lobby, where it will welcome visitors and acquaint them with stories about these peaks. The panel will share lobby space with North Vancouver’s iconic Streetcar #153.

The NVMA, an affiliate member of the BCHF, commissioned the panel in partnership with the City of North Vancouver’s Public Art Program and the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission.

Artist Wade Baker at work on the Sch’ich’iyúy (“The Sisters Mountain”) cedar panel in his North Vancouver workshop. Photo: John Porter; courtesy North Vancouver Museum & Archives.

North Vancouver Museum – new location to open in 2019

The new North Vancouver Museum, located in Lower Lonsdale, is expected to open in the fall of 2019; it will replace the old museum currently located in Presentation House Arts Centre. The new museum features 16,000 square feet of floor space and will include state-of-the-art climate-controlled exhibit and collection management areas, plus welcoming spaces for school classes, programs and events.