Lheidli T’enneh Public Art Unveiled at City Hall
June 21, 2012
For Immediate Release
Prince George, BC – Today at City Hall, Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick, Mayor Shari Green, and artists Robert Frederick and Jennifer Annaïs Pighin joined together with Elders to unveil a public art project representative of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation’s culture and heritage. The project incorporates a traditional dugout canoe with the outer shell carved in images portraying a Lheidli T’enneh legend, passed down through generations of oral traditions. Surrounding the canoe is a flowerbed ledge with a glass tile mosaic depicting eleven life-size fish species native to the Nechako and Fraser Rivers in the Prince George Region.The project, funded by the Government of BC under the BC Spirit Square program resulted from a partnership between the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the City of Prince George. Chief Dominic Frederick said, “Lheidli T’enneh is very proud to share the artwork by Jennifer Pighin and Robert Frederick reflecting our Nation’s Heritage for everyone to enjoy. They both have done a wonderful job collaborating on this piece for the rejuvenation of Veteran’s Plaza at City Hall. We look forward to working alongside the City of Prince George in the future and continue building our working relationship with them.
“The City of Prince George is committed to building a strong working relationship with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and we are so pleased that this art project, representing the significance of Lheidli T’enneh contributions to the history and culture of Prince George, is a key feature of a rejuvenated Veterans’ Plaza at City Hall”, said Mayor Shari Green.
Robert Frederick is a member of the Frog Clan in the Balhats (Potlatch) and an experienced carver and storyteller of the Dakelh legends. Mr. Frederick hewed the original canoe in the traditional manner from a 100+ year old cottonwood tree and then carved a representation of an ancestral oral legend, the story of ‘Astas and the Salmon, told to him by his grandfather.
Jennifer Annaïs Pighin is a Lheidli T’enneh Band member, local artist and educator with Wet’suwet’un, French Canadian, and Italian roots. She was raised on the banks of the North Nechako River where she developed a strong enduring bond with nature. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design as well as a Bachelor of Education Specialization in Art from the University of British Columbia.
Nicole Wiltermuth, Communications Coordinator
Lheidli T’enneh, 250-963-5632
Chris Bone, Manager, Communications
City of Prince George, 250-614-7882