"Haida Gwaii," sculpture by Bill Reid at the Canadian Embassy, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, 2003.
While this sculpture is in Washington, DC, it has deep British Columbia roots. The Canadian Embassy complex was designed by the late Arthur Erickson, a Vancouver architect who designed many notable northwest buildings (the Museum of Anthropology on the UBC campus, Simon Fraser University’s mountain campus in Burnaby, and the Glass Museum in Tacoma among them) as well as the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian a short distance from the Canadian Embassy on the Mall in Washington, DC.
Victoria born Bill Reid, who had a studio on Vancouver’s Granville Island, was perhaps the most eminent first-nations artist of his era, and a Canadian sculptor of world renown. His works are prized possessions of a number of museums and private collections. His mother was from Haida Gwaii, and in his latter years he was active in the forest protection movement attempting to stop industrial forestry in coastal British Columbia.