James Hart

The Three Watchmen

2003, cast 2010
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These figures watch for danger emanating from both the supernatural and the everyday worlds. Often positioned at the top of tall cedar totem poles in front of houses in Haida villages in Haida Gwaii, the watchmen give warning if a threat approaches.

For the artist James Hart, hereditary Chief of the Staast'as Eagle Clan, the function of The Three Watchmen is augmented here by the close proximity of the symbolic centres of the church and government. The Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, the American Embassy and the Canadian Parliament buildings represent historical and ongoing relationships with the Haida. The ideals of mediation and resolution expressed by Reconciliation, the nearby monument to peacekeeping, provide further context to consider with The Three Watchmen.

Artiste
Titre
The Three Watchmen
Date
2003, cast 2010
Technique
Sculpture
Matériaux
bronze
Dimensions
15 x 5 x 5 ft
Nationalité
Canadian
Mention de source
Gift of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, Vancouver, 2011
Numéro d'acquisition
43481