This project, a bronze sculpture commemorating Luna the Whale in Nootka Sound for the Mowachat/Muchalaht First Nation, was proposed by a west coast artist, Christopher Walker. Chris had been working with Chief Mike Maquinna on another project.
I was quite excited by this idea, but wanted to include the work of local artists, preferring to be more of a facilitator than anything. Chris suggested that we meet Chief Maquinna in Gold River on Vancouver Island. I knew that there were traditional carvers nearby and worked to create a proposal to present that might include their work.