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Amiskwaciw Waskayhkan Ihtawin

Destiny Swiderski // 2016

Aerosol Paint|Aluminum|Vinyl
Michael Phair Park

Photo by Shirley Tse, Girl Named Shirl Photography

AmiskwacÎw Wâskâyhkan Ihtâwin (Beaver Hills House Park) invites the public to wander through Michael Phair Park and into Beaver Hills House Park led by a community of Bohemian wax-wing birds. More than 150 bird silhouettes make this artwork a three-dimensional experience as the movement takes people into the park. 

Flight studies were interpreted as ten different shapes of the wax-wing come to life from takeoff to mid-flight and beyond. This procession is further accentuated by the mural, the edge of the boreal forest – the context of Edmonton and the landscape that is true to this place. 

Both Cree syllabics and translations are utilized as the main hierarchy to express the Indigenous roots of this special place; a place to gather and share stories about the past, present, and future.

Michael Phair Park