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Salish Sea Sentinel | May 18, 2024

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Shore to Shore unveiling this month

Shore to Shore unveiling this month

Years of work by Stz’uminus carver Luke Marston will be revealed on April 25 when his bronze sculpture – Shore to Shore – is unveiled in Stanley Park.

The work celebrates the connections of Portuguese adventurer Joe Silvey and his first and second Coast Salish wives, Khaltinaht and Kwatleemaat. Marston is the great great grandson of Portuguese Joe and Kwatleemaat.

Portuguese Joe and his wives return to Stanley Park in the form of three life-sized human figures facing outward, surrounded by the fins of a 14-foot traditional cod lure. The setting is fitting, Marston said in a recent Facebook posting:

Marston carved pieces of the sculpture from yellow cedar at his Kulleet Bay workshop before sending them to a foundry last year for casting in bronze.

“My dear friends and family following the unveiling of the shore to shore monument the reception will be held at the Musqueam Cultural Centre… I feel it’s fitting considering this is where Joe met pkultinat and was greeted and welcomed with open arms from the great chief Kiapilano.”