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Public Sculptures by JamesHarryArt at Park Royal, West Vancouver - Xwemelch'stn (Fast Moving Water of Fish) - Aluminun sculpture - James Harry (2019)
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Xwemelch'stn (Fast Moving Water of Fish) - Aluminun sculpture - James Harry (2019) - Public Sculptures

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The story of place begins with the Capilano River. The riverbanks of British Columbia have always been home to Coast Salish people. We formulated our lives around rivers and Oceans. The salmon that swam up X̱wemelch'stn was of the utmost importance; its richness of nutrients and abundance in numbers fed our people for thousands of years. X̱wemelch'stn (Capilano River) has ancient origins and has been an integral part of the Squamish peoples lives since time immemorial.

We as the Squamish people have always shared an interconnection with the land, animals, and water. The life cycle of the salmon mimics the lifespan of the river. Everything around this cycle continues to shrink; the salmon, trees, and water. This piece serves as a reminder to protect and give back to the life that the land has given for thousands of years.

Part of my job as the artist is to take my teachings and pass down the stories from our elders. This work is a symbol of the resurgence of Salish art and the reclamation of space. As we move into the future our art will continue to evolve and grow, my goal is to integrate our culture into the proudest segments of our society.

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Metal sculpture and Woodcarving

James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun) Harry was born October 31, 1989 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is of Squamish Nation (Swxwú7meshḵ) and European decent (Scottish, and German). James spent much of his childhood and early adolescence immersed in art. He learned First Nations stories, form and design, and carving skills from his father, Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), a master carver of the Squamish Nation. Similarly, Jennifer Kleinsteuber, James’s mother and an accomplished painter, gave him hands-on experience with drawing and painting. He developed his own techniques and methodology, expanding on his father's work and beginning to formulate a contemporary approach to Aboriginal art and practice. When he was in secondary school, James began his career as an artist by carving the doors of the BC Aboriginal Sports Hall of Fame. He attended Emily Carr University of Arts and Design, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in Visual Arts in 2014. His studies focused on integrating traditional Coast Salish art forms with contemporary concepts and materials.