This Beautiful Day
Kristin McIver, Australia
Title: This Beautiful Day (Halth Skwile Te-staas)
Artist: Kristin McIver (b. 1974, Australia)
Medium: Neon, aluminium, solar panels, batteries, a beautiful day
Dimensions (H x W x D): 2.4 × 7.9 × 2.4 m (8 × 26 × 8 ft)
Location: Waterfront Park in downtown Squamish (Victoria Street at Loggers Lane)
This Beautiful Day is an important acknowledgement expressed at the beginning of Squamish First Nations public gatherings. The theme of the 2014 – 2016 Vancouver Biennale Residency Program, Open Borders / Crossroads Squamish, encouraged McIver to explore the multiculturalism and history of the region. Inspired by the Squamish First Nations oral traditions and nature’s bountifulness, she has created an artwork that bridges divides amongst languages, cultures, and physical landscapes.
The research for the project involved much time spent with members of the Squamish Nation, including taking part in traditional canoe pulls, barbecues, and other cultural events. During this time, McIver was warmly welcomed by the community and was touched by the First Nations’ acknowledgement of, and respect for, the natural landscape and one other.
Throughout the 2015 residency period the phrase “Thank you for this beautiful day” was spoken many times, and this simple respect for the environment is something that McIver wishes to highlight through her work, as a reminder for people living in urban environments.
This project was supported by the following:
Australia Council for the Arts
Ian Potter Cultural Trust
Special thanks to the following:
The District of Squamish, Quest University, Tsawaysia Spukwus, Squamish Nation Community, Cheakamus Center, Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center, K’omoks First Nation, Klahoose First Nation