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Installation Art Park Indigenous artist

Preparing to Cross the Sacred River

Marianne Nicolson // 2018

river rock|sandblasted slab rock
INIW River Lot 11

Photo by Conor McNally

Preparing to Cross the Sacred River references and acknowledges the natural formation of the North Saskatchewan River Valley banks, wildlife, and shared stories and traditions of Indigenous peoples.

The stone slabs form a wall or lookout” etched with images of this place.” The artwork, which features sandblasted patterning reminiscent of beading styles, symbolizes the need to reconnect with ancient and sacred Indigenous beliefs to uphold our relationship to the land and protect the planet. Such activities must be built upon the foundation of ancient stories that tell how humans came to be in this place and how they must act within it.

Click here for the YEGArts Blog interview with Marianne Nicolson

INIW River Lot 11