Spirit of Sandspit

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Bhyn
Prince Rupert, Canada862 đóng góp
thg 5 năm 2020
We were playing local tourists in Haida Gwaii and decided to go to Sandspit for a drive. Nearing the airport, we saw this well-known sculpture.

Usually, en route to the airport, we just pass by this monument. However, this day we decided to spare some time to admire this gargantuan Salmon sculpture. It does boast of local carving and materials and would have more meaning as described in the information plaque beside it.

It was a quick 10 minutes of taking photos and checking the details on the monument. It was free and we truly enjoyed being out in the field where it is located. We shared the space with some local fauna - and a couple of doves.

If you get a chance to check this sculpture, go indulge!
Đã viết vào 30 tháng 5, 2020
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada12.883 đóng góp
thg 9 năm 2019
The “Spirit of Sandspit” sculpture by Lon Sharp, in place since 2002, is clearly visible on the road to-from Sandspit Airport (YZP). At 33 feet long and 12 feet high, it’s difficult to miss. As a symbol for the community of Sandspit, this giant salmon is important because it signals transition of industry (primary to tertiary) and hope for a more diverse economy. As a symbol for Haida Gwaii, this copper-plated cedar salmon alludes to much more.

The positioning of this sculpture is significant. Looking out towards Skidegate Inlet, the salmon both oversees and yearns for its natural environment. Indeed, both the water and salmon have played – and continue to play – crucial roles in the Islands’ culture. On the one hand, the “Spirit of Sandspit” is paying homage to the traditional use of salmon as a central and key food in local diets. One could even suggest that the “copper skin” of the salmon sculpture alludes to the value the fish has for many who live on Haida Gwaii. On the other hand, the “Spirit of Sandspit” tips its proverbial cap towards sport fishing, too. Fishing salmon for sport, while on the decline in Haida Gwaii, has played a significant role with respect to local economies. Fishing lodges dot parts of the archipelago, including Sandspit. Just as copper is a prized element, so too is the salmon a prized fish.

While one can view and see Mr. Sharp’s sculpture clearly from the road, to fully appreciate it one should take a few moments of their time, stop and view it up close. The copper plating has faded over the last 17+ years, but the large salmon is still an impressive sight. There is a small dedication plaque beside the sculpture, but not much else. Curiously, the information write-up for the “Spirit of Sandspit” is located inside YZP. If you have time to spare at the airport (and you will), I’d encourage you to read it. Amongst other things, it details the many technical challenges that had to be overcome in developing, constructing and placing the sculpture in its current home.
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